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Veterinary Support Assistant course

Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3 Course

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This course will take roughly 100 hours to complete.

A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain the confidence required within a certain subject without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

If you want to develop your knowledge of Veterinary Support so that you can embark on a rewarding career or you are already working in a related field and want to improve your career prospects, then this is the course for you.

Veterinary Support Assistants perform a number of duties such as providing support to the Veterinary Practitioner, preparing theatres and equipment, inpatient care and kennel work, receiption duties and supporting pet owners. You will particularly find this course useful if you have an interest in veterinary nursing or becoming a veterinary nurse assistant.

The Distance Learning Veterinary Support Assistant course is a fully comprehensive course and it will give you an understanding of the roles of the veterinary team and the legal and ethical system in which they work. You will gain an awareness of basic anatomy and physiology of the dog and cat and Health and Safety procedures within a veterinary practice.

The course also covers the important issue of infection control and explains the basic equipment used commonly within a practice.

What can you do with Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3

With experience, you could take on more responsibility, like practice management, supervising and training new staff, or working in veterinary supplies.

You could also train to specialise in working for a zoological/wildlife park, charity, pharmaceutical company or breeding/boarding kennels.

With further study you could work towards becoming a lecturer or researcher.

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For the Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3 course you will cover the following 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) 1995.
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.

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this home study course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You will have dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. You must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You must successfully complete a series of assignments. Once all assignments and activities have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam. The course will be delivered and assessed by OSC.

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements and Learn Now Distance Learning College are working as a reseller for OSC. The course has been endorsed by TQUK. This means OSC have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

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