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Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants

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Course Description

If you’ve always dreamed about working with animals and nursing them in their time of need, then this course is perfect for you!

It’s taught at our Middleton Campus located in Greater Manchester. Under the guidance of expert tutors who have worked in zoos across the world, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience with some of the planet’s most rare and wonderful wildlife.

We home over 700 animals, many of which are categorised as endangered species. Just some of the unique creatures you’ll learn about and care for include wallabies, pink flamingos, meerkats, potoroos and many more!

Every day has the potential to be an adventure. You’ll sometimes find yourself working indoors with exotic reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish in our dedicated treatment rooms, whereas on other days you’ll be in the great outdoors as you work from our vast animal enclosures. It’s here where you’ll also find our Tropical House.

This Level 2 qualification will provide you with the information and skills required to play a valuable supporting role to qualified veterinary staff. You’ll also be trained to assist owners in the correct management of their companion animals.

It has the potential to lead to an extremely rewarding career, but prior to entering the industry you will also have the option to further hone your craft by progressing onto a Level 3 qualification.

*This course is taught at our Middleton Campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


ABC Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants (QCF)

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade 3 or above preferably to include English Language, Maths and Science
  • Or a Level 1 qualification

Entrants who do not have a grade 4 or above in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects at Hopwood Hall.


You'll study a wide range of units which are designed to give you the perfect foundation for a career working with animals.

The following topics will provide you with a strong portfolio of evidence to allow you to enter the animal care industry:

  • Deliver basic treatments to animals
  • Companion animal anatomy and physiology
  • Exotic animal physiology
  • Infection control
  • Companion animal parasitology and zoonosis
  • Feed, water and accommodation of animals
  • Meet and welcome visitors
  • Companion Animal Pharmacy
  • Principles of basic nursing

Work Experience

You will have the amazing opportunity to undertake a work placement. This will take place one day per week and is often done on-site or with an external provider.

We're pleased to work alongside a number of reputable employers, as well as have the most contemporary on-campus facilities that replicate a true workplace environment.


The natural progression for this course is to advance onto a Level 3 qualification, including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

However, you will have numerous other options – including going into employment or dojng an apprenticeship which would allow you to combine work and study.

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