Qualifications and training
It is possible to study for a qualification whilst working as an Animal Nursing Assistant.
The City & Guilds level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants is a distance learning course which is undertaken alongside employment, or voluntary work, in a veterinary practice. The syllabus covers a wide range of small animal and exotic species, and gives a broad knowledge in the fundaments of veterinary practice.
In addition to the academic theory you will gain from online study, an emphasis on practical experience (a minimum of 600 hours) in a veterinary practice means that you will gain the skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for a career in the veterinary care profession.
Many Animal Nursing Assistants go on to train as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. For more information about routes into veterinary nursing training, visit our page here
Alternatively, take a read of the BVNA’s career pathways leaflet for more information.