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Veterinary Nursing Assistant

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Turn Your Passion For Pets Into A Career

Veterinary Nurse Assistants have a genuine passion for improving the welfare and wellbeing of animals. It’s more than a love for animals, it’s a desire to work alongside other professionals to improve their quality of life. 

Depending on where the veterinary practice is located will have you treating a variety of animals. From small domesticated pets to wildlife and livestock. 

As a veterinary nursing assistant, you’ll support veterinary nurses and vets to provide emergency and routine healthcare to animals. As well as providing pastoral care and educating pet owners on how to properly look after their animals. 

The Veterinary Nursing Assistant Level 2 (RQF) is a regulated and recognised qualification for aspiring veterinary nursing assistants. Held in high regard in veterinary practises across the UK, it is a requirement to get qualified before securing employment. 

The online qualification allows you to begin any time of the year and start learning right away. Unlike at a physical college where you’d have to wait for term time to begin, hindering your progress. 

You will be assessed by expert tutors who will provide constructive feedback and any extra assistance where needed. Allowing you to work through the course at a pace that works for you and complete the qualification within the year.


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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today from
only £9.99/mo

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning


Throughout the course, you will gain knowledge in various topics within animal care. As well as learning the necessary social skills needed to support the running of a veterinary practice. Studying effective hygiene practices too, ensuring all equipment is sterile and safe to use. 

You’ll cover the principles of animal health in various species including dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles, and birds. Understanding proper handling and restraints to ensure the animals' safety during visits and treatments.  

In addition to this, you’ll explore animal behaviours, what they mean and how to identify them. As well as gaining an understanding of euthanasia and bereavement and how to properly communicate with clients in this scenario. 

Upon completion of the course, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of many aspects of animal care. So you’re able to confidently seek employment within a veterinary practice. 


Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support
Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS On-Demand & Live Classes
  • Access your course materials immediately
  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
  • Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)
  • Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand
  • Interact with your tutors directly during your class
  • Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality
  • Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like
  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround


Unit 1: Principles of Animal Health

Unit 2: Principles of Body Language and Behaviour

Unit 3: Principles of Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection

Unit 4: Reception and Administrative Duties in a Veterinary Practice

Unit 5: Pharmacy in a Veterinary Practice

Unit 6: Euthanasia and Bereavement

Unit 7: Principles of First Aid

Unit 8: Veterinary Instruments

Unit 9: Care of Wildlife in a Veterinary Practice

Unit 10: Practical Animal Handling and Restraint

Unit 11: Practical Animal Care



The learner needs to be 16 years or over and have a genuine interest in animal health and wellbeing.

No previous academic experience is needed to enrol onto the course. However, previous experience in animal care is advisable.

You are required to find your own placement at a registered veterinary practice. Having access to a veterinary nurse/vet is essential to sign off on your assessments before they’re uploaded for marking.



When studying the Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2, you will cover a range of units that make up this qualification. Presenting a portfolio of your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback.



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2 (603/5172/X)


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We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you.

Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. What’s more, with learndirect, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits and complete your course at your own pace.


We don’t have the same level of high overhead costs (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as traditional schools, colleges or universities, so we’re able to pass on these savings to you by reducing our course fees.


We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.


You have access to a dedicated tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is on hand to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

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Yes, all of our courses will come with a certificate once you have completed your training. This certificate will have your name on it, and the title of the training you have completed.

Each course is different, and each has its own time frame, but all of our courses are flexible so you can study in a way the fits you. All of our courses come with an Individual Learner Plan, this will help guide you and keep you on track for success.

Yes, built into your account is a messaging service, where you can send messages between you and your tutor, you can ask questions or talk about your work. You can also message other helpful contacts, like our Student Support Team.

All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.

We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.

We have several options including 0% payment options, and options with very small deposits. Each course has different options, if you would like to discuss these options or a quote for a course, you can reach a member of the team by calling 01202 006 464.

If you make a mistake or get something wrong, there is no need to worry. Many of our courses allow you to retake units that may not have gone to plan. You will receive full support and guidance from your tutor before reworking a unit and submitting again, and you can do this without any additional cost.

As soon as you submit a piece of work your tutor is notified. This allows us to identify that you have work which requires their attention. While your tutor is marking your work you can move on to the next unit or section of your course so there are never any delays in your learning. Typically, with most of our courses, marking work takes less than 5 days depending on the size of the submitted item.

No, the price agreed when you start your course is all you pay. We ensure there are no hidden or additional unnecessary fees for your education.

Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

We encourage and welcome international students to join our learning community.

All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via distance education and home study, so you can complete your course from anywhere in the world. Some courses relate specifically to UK practice and legislation and in these cases all work must be presented accordingly. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or campus, unless your course has a 'practical' element to it.

Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

You can enrol easily and quickly by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s page on our website. Simply complete the secure online registration form and we will do the rest. If you’d prefer to call us to enrol, please call 01202 006 464.

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