Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3

Course code: TQ002
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Understand the skills needed to become a veterinary support assistant from home!

  • The course will give you an understanding of the roles of the members of the veterinary team and the legal and ethical system in which they work.
  • Gain an awareness of basic anatomy and physiology of the dog and cat.
  • Develop a working knowledge of health and safety within a veterinary practice.
  • Explore the important topic of infection control in the veterinary practice.
Course Overview

This Veterinary Support Assistant course has been developed for learners with an interest in veterinary nursing or becoming a veterinary nurse assistant.  It will provide you with a broad knowledge base.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by email or via post, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 100 hours.

Course Outcome

Certificate of achievement in Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Tutor marked assignments.

Course Content
  • Roles and responsibilities of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Roles of the Veterinary Nurse
  • Roles of the Student Veterinary Nurse
  • Essentials of the legal system
  • Individual character and conscience
  • Animal cell structure and cell function
  • Basic structure and function of the nervous system
  • The endocrine system
  • The digestive system
  • The urinary system
  • The respiratory system
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The circulatory system
  • Principles of health and safety
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002
  • Hazardous Waste Regulations, 2005
  • Manual Handling Regulations, 1992
  • The role of infection in animal and human health
  • Principles of disease transmission in veterinary practice
  • How to maintain a clean clinical environment
  • Main groups of disinfectants
  • Running a laboratory in a veterinary practice
  • Emergency procedures
  • General safety measures
  • How to collect and prepare urine, faecal and blood samples
  • How to carry out common laboratory tests
  • Test results
  • Principles of pharmacy stock management
  • The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
  • Principles of safe dispensing
  • Medication terms used in Pharmacology
  • Absorption rate
  • Drug formulations