VetSkill Level 2 Certificate
Veterinary Care Support
Please note – this course is subject to approval
This apprenticeship is excellent preparation for the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) – the qualification you will need to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse, which is also available at Reaseheath.
The Level 2, however, is a well-recognised qualification in its own right and could help you secure a job working in a veterinary practice as a nursing assistant, or within animal welfare and rescue, boarding kennels and catteries, pet stores or grooming parlours.
Level 2 placements
As an apprenticeship, you will work four days per week in a veterinary practice, and spend one day per week in college, and will be paid an apprentice wage.
We do not actively place students within work placements, we encourage you to find your own employment as an apprentice. We are working on a guide which includes some useful tips on finding employment within a veterinary practice. We will update this page as soon as the guide is available.
What will I study?
- Legislation and Safe Working Practices
- Animal Health and Welfare
- Animal Environment and Accommodation
- Introduction to Patient Care
- Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Veterinary Care Support
How long will it take?
- 12-18 months, full time (including end point assessment)
What qualifications do I need to start?
- GCSEs at grade C/4 in science, and C/4 in maths OR English language
- Confirmation of employment as an apprentice from a veterinary practice who is willing to support you whilst you work four days per week for the duration of the course
What qualifications will I gain?
- VetSkill Level 2 Certificate in Veterinary Care Support
- Functional skills or GCSE in either maths OR English language, depending on previous qualifications
Course options after this programme
- VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal)
- Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma or Certificate in Animal Management
- Veterinary care assistant in a practice or with an animal charity
Level 2 Vet Care Assistants 2022
Job title: Veterinary Care Assistant with Sanderson Vets, Heswall
Next step: Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship
Ambition: Registered Veterinary Nurse
“I’ve always wanted to become a veterinary nurse and I started my career path at Reaseheath as soon as I left school. I’d already had a couple of months’ experience at a practice so I settled in quickly and really enjoyed my course.
“I think the Level 2 course gives you a good base because you learn in clinical surroundings but without the pressure of a working practice. The lecturers are really supportive and will explain anything you don’t understand.
“I completed my work experience at a vet practice and was offered a full-time job there once I’d finished my course. I work busy shifts, but I really enjoy it because you’re helping animals and their owners.”