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Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma Level 2

The programme offers young people the opportunity to achieve a qualification in Veterinary Care whilst gaining practical on the job work experience.

Apprentices follow an approved framework of training at level 2 that will meet the different needs of small animal care organisations.

The course is completed as distance learning with access to a dedicated assessor to assist you with all aspects of the course.

The VCA programme is equivalent to a GCSE grade C in science. To progress onto a Veterinary Nurse Diploma the young person must have a GCSE grade C in science or an equivalent qualification.

Course content

  • Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of administrative duties in the veterinary care environment

Entry requirements

You must be in paid employment or on a voluntary contract working within a veterinary practice.
Unemployed candidates must undertake a substantial period of recorded work experience within a suitable veterinary care environment of 600 hours which cannot be simulated.

Method of assessment

  • Work-based observations
  • Written assignments

What can I progress onto?

Train as a Veterinary nurse in a veterinary training  practice.

Course Application

Case Study

“I love the course and knew this was what I wanted to do when I left high school”.

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Kate Miller

Animal Care Apprentice