Animal Nursing Assistant

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus


The Animal Nursing Assistant qualification gives you wider access to job opportunities in the veterinary sector. On graduating, you'll be qualified to work as an assistant to veterinary surgeons and nurses, usually within a small animal practice.

You'll be able to help care for patients, and help to run the operating theatre, as well as play an important and active role in meeting and communicating with clients.

You'll learn about animal anatomy and physiology, as well as about common illnesses and treatments. You'll also develop an understanding of safe handling, nursing skills and hygiene.

Four weeks of real-life work experience will give you the opportunity to put your learning into practice, and help to boost the kinds of skills and abilities employers will be looking for.

Modules include: anatomy and physiology; handling, welfare and care of small animals; basic nursing skills; health, safety and hygiene; parasitology, nutrition; reception and communication skills.

Entry Requirements

3 subjects at National 5, English, Maths and a science subject preferred plus 1 subject at National 4. You'll also need a minimum of one week's work experience in a veterinary practice.

Progression Routes

HNC Animal Care

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Animal Care

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals