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Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants

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Course Description

If you have a keen interest in learning about animals and want to develop or learn new skills, we offer a wide range of courses to help you achieve your career goals. Our courses cover all aspects of animal management to fully prepare you for employment in a variety of animal industries as well as progression onto higher education.

Our purpose built indoor and outdoor teaching centres provide students with some of the best facilities in Greater Manchester and include:

  • Specialised teaching zones for each group of animals
  • Veterinary nursing teaching facilities and a dedicated treatment room
  • Dog grooming salon
  • Dog boarding kennels
  • Blue Cross rehoming centre
  • Farm animal production area
  • Zoo animal zone

We have over 600 animals which include small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, alpacas, meerkats, rhea, bats, owls, farm animals, cats and dogs and aquatics. As part of our courses we have a small animal production farm where students help raise animals for food production. Additionally, we are members of Rochdale and District Riding Club and have a team of students who compete with our Shetland ponies.

Qualifications

ABC Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants (QCF)

Entry Requirements

In order to begin this course students are required to achieve 4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science. If the required grade is not reached there are opportunities to study these subjects at college alongside the course to help achieve it. This is a government requirement but also needed by many employers for any numbers of careers.

Details

The course takes place over 3 days per week, with one day a week on work placement. All students will be assigned a student support tutor. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of written evidence.

Topics on this course include:

  • 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

Students undertake a work experience placement 1 day per week, this is often done on site or with an external provider.

Progression

In order to begin this course students are required to achieve 4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science. If the required grade is not reached there are opportunities to study these subjects at college alongside the course to help achieve it. This is a government requirement but also needed by many employers for any numbers of careers.

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