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Veterinary Support Assistant
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learning
16 units
160 guided
learning hours

Veterinary Support Assistant

This course offers you a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance your animal care career. From anatomy to physiology, take a look inside the animal care industry and boost your career today! Our veterinary care assistant course offers students a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance their animal care and veterinary nursing knowledge base. The course is broken down into 16 modules that contain the information needed to get the learner started in the field of animal nursing; from veterinary medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, to handling, diagnostics, diseases and operation care.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science (National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Lesson 1: Welcome to the course and Preparing for Employment

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Introduction and course structure
Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course
Veterinary Nurses and Nursing Assistants
Preparing for employment

Lesson 2: Veterinary Medical Terminology

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Veterinary words in easy bites
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary of veterinary terms

Lesson 3: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part one

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Cardiovascular system
Major body cavities
Skeletal structure
Tissue structure and shape

Lesson 4: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Digestive and excretory systems
Respiratory systems
Endocrine glands
Nervous system

Lesson 5: Handling animals 

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Approaching an animal
Typical restraints and handling equipment
Behaviour
Correct dog and cat handling methods
Exotic handling

Lesson 6: Animal diet and nutrition  

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Importance of nutrition
Types of food
Nutrients
Stages of life
Nutritional support

Lesson 7: Animal disease part one

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Cancer
Heart disease
Liver disease
Kidney disease

Lesson 8: Animal disease part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Skeletal diseases
Skin diseases and parasites
Infectious diseases
Other common illnesses

Lesson 9: Small animal Emergency nursing part one  

The learning outcomes for this unit are:
 
Aims
Assessment
Animal first aid kit
ABC and CPR
Handling a first aid patient
Shock

Lesson 10: Small animal Emergency nursing part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Fractures
Bites and stings
Wounds and burns
Poisoning and fitting
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Lesson 11: Infection control

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Importance of infection control
Personal protective equipment
Cleaning and Disinfection
Sterilisation
Hand Hygiene
Isolation of an infecious animal
Waste

Lesson 12: Diagnostic Tests used by Vets

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Radiography
Ultrasound
Radiography or ultrasound?
MRI scanning in animals
Blood Tests
Urine Tests

Lesson 13: Care of Ill Animals

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Monitoring
Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
Basic care of inpatients
How do vets give animals medicine?
Giving oral,ear and eye medication
How vets manage fluid levels

Lesson 14: Operation Care

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Veterinary anaesthesia   
Common veterinary surgical procedures
Schedule 3 Procedures
Sterile Field
Surgical instruments
Pre op preparation
Post op care

Lesson 15: Euthanasia

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Reasons for euthanasia
Making the decision
Euthanasia process
Euthanasia of exotic pets
Signs of a dying animal
Signs of death
Burial and cremation
The animals left behind

Lesson 16: Safety and welfare

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Health and Safety laws and regulations
Hazards
Signs
Zoonosis
Safety tips
Animal rescue and welfare organisations
A veterinary nurses code of conduct

 

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Veterinary Support Assistant

This course offers you a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance your animal care career. From anatomy to physiology, take a look inside the animal care industry and boost your career today! Our veterinary care assistant course offers students a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance their animal care and veterinary nursing knowledge base. The course is broken down into 16 modules that contain the information needed to get the learner started in the field of animal nursing; from veterinary medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, to handling, diagnostics, diseases and operation care.

Modules

Lesson 1: Welcome to the course and Preparing for Employment

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Introduction and course structure
Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course
Veterinary Nurses and Nursing Assistants
Preparing for employment

Lesson 2: Veterinary Medical Terminology

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Veterinary words in easy bites
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Glossary of veterinary terms

Lesson 3: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part one

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Cardiovascular system
Major body cavities
Skeletal structure
Tissue structure and shape

Lesson 4: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Digestive and excretory systems
Respiratory systems
Endocrine glands
Nervous system

Lesson 5: Handling animals 

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Approaching an animal
Typical restraints and handling equipment
Behaviour
Correct dog and cat handling methods
Exotic handling

Lesson 6: Animal diet and nutrition  

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Importance of nutrition
Types of food
Nutrients
Stages of life
Nutritional support

Lesson 7: Animal disease part one

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Cancer
Heart disease
Liver disease
Kidney disease

Lesson 8: Animal disease part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Skeletal diseases
Skin diseases and parasites
Infectious diseases
Other common illnesses

Lesson 9: Small animal Emergency nursing part one  

The learning outcomes for this unit are:
 
Aims
Assessment
Animal first aid kit
ABC and CPR
Handling a first aid patient
Shock

Lesson 10: Small animal Emergency nursing part two

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Fractures
Bites and stings
Wounds and burns
Poisoning and fitting
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Lesson 11: Infection control

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Importance of infection control
Personal protective equipment
Cleaning and Disinfection
Sterilisation
Hand Hygiene
Isolation of an infecious animal
Waste

Lesson 12: Diagnostic Tests used by Vets

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Radiography
Ultrasound
Radiography or ultrasound?
MRI scanning in animals
Blood Tests
Urine Tests

Lesson 13: Care of Ill Animals

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Monitoring
Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
Basic care of inpatients
How do vets give animals medicine?
Giving oral,ear and eye medication
How vets manage fluid levels

Lesson 14: Operation Care

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Veterinary anaesthesia   
Common veterinary surgical procedures
Schedule 3 Procedures
Sterile Field
Surgical instruments
Pre op preparation
Post op care

Lesson 15: Euthanasia

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Reasons for euthanasia
Making the decision
Euthanasia process
Euthanasia of exotic pets
Signs of a dying animal
Signs of death
Burial and cremation
The animals left behind

Lesson 16: Safety and welfare

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

Health and Safety laws and regulations
Hazards
Signs
Zoonosis
Safety tips
Animal rescue and welfare organisations
A veterinary nurses code of conduct

 

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)
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