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Animal Nursing Assistant, Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


The Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants aims to facilitate learners’ further progression for a career in veterinary nursing, based within a veterinary practice.

The course covers a number of units including Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Infection Control and Parasitology and Zoonosis. It provides learners with the information required to play a valuable support role to qualified veterinary staff and to assist owners in the correct management of their animals.

This qualification is designed for students who do not have the GCSEs to take the Level 3 in Animal Science and provides a good foundation to progress onto this course or the Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship.

Please note, this course is waiting for final approval.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to undertake this course require 4 GCSE's at Grade 4, including Science, English and Maths.

You will need a 2 week placement at a Veterinary practice.

Learning Outcomes

Units include:

  • Introduction to animal anatomy and physiology
  • Provide basic nursing treatments to animals
  • Principles of infection and control for animal nursing assistants
  • Maintain animal accommodation
  • Provide nutrition to animals

Please note, units are subject to review each academic year and may change.


  • Anatomy and Physiology exam
  • Assessments
  • 150 hours work experience, including 2 week placement in a veterinary practice and weekend duties at the college Animal Centre


Upon successful completion of the course and achieving your English and Maths GCSE at grade 6 or above, you could progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Science, which provides you with the knowledge and skills to apply for veterinary degrees.

If you complete the course, but do not achieve your English and Maths GCSE at grade 6 or above, you could progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management or the Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship.

Career Progression

Animal nursing assistant, Veterinary nursing assistant.

Veterinary nurse or veterinarian after completing further training.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.

There may be some costs for trips, visits or additional qualifications.

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