The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation.
It is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including registered veterinary nurses, staff that have worked with the RSPCA and other animal charities, and in animal management.
Throughout the year, there will also be several key dates when exotic and large animal handling will take place. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions. The large animal handling sessions take place at a farm, approximately 5 miles from Sheffield city centre. Your tutors will also arrange sessions when you will be able to bring your own pets into college in order to practice handling techniques, health checks, bandaging techniques. This is a compulsory part of the programme.
Other visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as zoos and animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits.
The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific knowledge. It is designed to provide practical competence and underpinning knowledge that is relevant to carers in modern veterinary practice.
You will study the following Modules that relate to Veterinary Care.
1. Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the
Veterinary environment - This unit looks at the general care and nursing of animals, the signs of normal and abnormal health, safe handling, accommodation and feeding requirements in the veterinary care environment. It also looks at animal first aid procedures and the legal limitations of treatment
2. Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment - This unit looks at common veterinary terminology, basic anatomy and assisting with the nursing care of animals, including medical and surgical nursing and the administration of topical and oral medications, drug calculations and fluid therapy.
3. Principles and practices of administrative duties in the veterinary care environment - This unit looks at developing student’s communication, reception, administration and team working skills.
4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language and Science
Practical Assessment andCoursework
This Level 2 qualification can help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers such as working as a veterinary care assistant or progressing to a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Nursing or Animal Management.
This is a qualification in its own right, but it can also help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers such as working as a veterinary care assistant or progressing to a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Nursing or Animal Management
For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year. You will need to purchase the relevant uniform. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. You can also purchase an Animal Care & Management polo shirt. Recommended texts for the programme include: Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology by Aspinall & Capello (cost approximately £30) and/or the BSAVA Manual of Practical Animal Care by Hotston Moore & Hughes (cost approximately £50).