Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants

ABC Awards Code C9231-02
Ofqual Code 600/0221/9
Assessment Pass/Fail Only
Total Qualification Time 320
Guided Learning 242
Fee £88.40

This qualification has been developed for learners seeking a specialised qualification in animal nursing. The qualification is held in high regard in veterinary practices. It develops practical skills in animal care and management, while offering additional opportunities to hone customer service skills in a retail environment. Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of the following:

  • How to deliver basic treatments to animals, including cleaning and hygiene procedures, basic health care treatments, and other routine procedures
  • How to maintain animal accommodation, including providing feed and water to animals
  • The principles of infection control
  • Animal anatomy and physiology Optional units include: Exotic Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Plan the Handling and Restraint of Animals, Animal Nutrition, and more.

Learners who achieve the Certificate and who also have level 2 qualifications in Mathematics and English either Key Skills or nationally accepted alternatives can apply to register for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, which leads to a professional qualification as a veterinary nurse. 

If, at the end of the course, the learner decides that veterinary nursing is not the career that they wish to progress to, they will still have gained valuable training.  This will enable them to work within other areas of veterinary practice such as veterinary kennels/wards and veterinary reception.  Their experience will also allow progression in other sectors of the animal industry, such as pet stores, boarding kennels or animal charities.