Veterinary Support Assistant (Level 3) Fast Track Course

Veterinary Support Assistant (Level 3) Fast Track Course
Course Code: UCOSCLAC02
Enrolment Fee: £498.75  £399.00
Format: Online/Paper
Award: Level 3
Accreditation: ABC Awards
Study Time: 160 Hrs
Experience: No Entry Requirements

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COURSE OVERVIEW


A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Veterinary Support Assistant qualification. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning fast track Veterinary Support Assistant is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

The Veterinary Support Assistant course has been developed for learners with an interest in veterinary nursing or becoming a veterinary nurse assistant. It will provide you with a broad knowledge base. This will give you an understanding of the roles of the members of the veterinary team and the legal and ethical system in which they work; an awareness of basic anatomy and physiology of the dog and cat and a working knowledge of Health and Safety within veterinary practice.
 
The course will also explore the important topic of infection control in the veterinary practice and will explain the basic veterinary equipment used commonly in veterinary practice.


 

Key TopicsWhat are the key topics?

Course Key Topics 
The Level 3 in Veterinary Support Assistant is divided into sixteen comprehensive modules. 

Lesson 1: Welcome to the course and Preparing for Employment

Lesson 2: Veterinary Medical Terminology

Lesson 3: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part one

Lesson 4: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part two

Lesson 5: Handling animals 

Lesson 6: Animal diet and nutrition  

Lesson 7: Animal disease part one

Lesson 8: Animal disease part two

Lesson 9: Small animal Emergency nursing part one  

Lesson 10: Small animal Emergency nursing part two

Lesson 11: Infection control

Lesson 12: Diagnostic Tests used by Vets

Lesson 13: Care of Ill Animals

Lesson 14: Operation Care

Lesson 15: Euthanasia

Lesson 16: Safety and welfare



(see full course syllabus below for more information)

Tutor SupportWhat support will I receive?

Home Study Tutor Support


You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Veterinary Support Assistant course. With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!



 

AssessmentsHow will I be assessed?

Course Assessments


The Veterinary Support Assistant course is marked through a process of continuous assessment. This means that your certificate of achievement will be awarded on successful completion of the assignments rather than by taking an exam.

After each lesson there will be a multiple choice assessment, which needs to be completed online. This method of continual assessment ensures that you have a good understanding of the subject. This will further assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.  



Course DurationHow long will it take me to complete?

Course Duration


We recommend you spend approximately 160 hours of your time studying for the Veterinary Support Assistant course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 6 hours a week to the course it would take you six months to complete but  if you could spare 12 hours a week you could complete it in three months.

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependent upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, this is a Fast track course and you can complete the course at your own pace. The more hours you put in, the sooner you will complete your dream course.

Get started today, and you can earn your Level 3 Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Support Assistant in as little as six months, or take up to a year, if you prefer – the choice is yours.



 

Entry RequirementsDo I need previous experience?

Course Entry Requirements


The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.  This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Veterinary Support Assistant and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

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 full tutor support.


 


 

Enrolment FeesHow much are the course fees?

Course Enrolment Fees


Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore the registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Veterinary Support Assistant home study course is £498.75, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £399 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £99.75 and then 4 equal payments of £99.75 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

Payment Method
Deposit
Instalment
Total
Pay in Full (Online Version)
£399.00
N.A.
£399.00
Pay in Full (Paper Version)
£419.00
N.A.
£419.00
Instalment Plan (Online Version)
£99.75
£99.75 X 4
£498.75
Instalment Plan (Paper Version)
£119.75
£99.75 X 4
£518.75

 

Delivery Charges:

Free Delivery for UK Mainland Students
Additional £25 for students in Europe
Additional £40 for Students in Rest of the world
 
Note: Instalment Plan is not available to our International Students.

 


 

Full Course SyllabusWhat will I learn?

How is the course structured?
The Level 3 in Veterinary Support Assistant is divided into sixteen comprehensive modules. 

Lesson 1: Welcome to the course and Preparing for Employment

  • Introduction and course structure
  • Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course 
  • Veterinary Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Preparing for employment 

Lesson 2: Veterinary Medical Terminology

  • Veterinary words in easy bites
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Glossary of veterinary terms

Lesson 3: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part one

  • Cardiovascular system 
  • Major body cavities 
  • Skeletal structure 
  • Tissue structure and shape 

Lesson 4: Basic Small animal Anatomy and Physiology part two

  • Digestive and excretory systems 
  • Respiratory systems 
  • Endocrine glands 
  • Nervous system 

Lesson 5: Handling animals 

  • Approaching an animal
  • Typical restraints and handling equipment
  • Behaviour
  • Correct dog and cat handling methods
  • Exotic handling

Lesson 6: Animal diet and nutrition  

  • Importance of nutrition 
  • Types of food
  • Nutrients
  • Stages of life
  • Nutritional support

Lesson 7: Animal disease part one

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

Lesson 8: Animal disease part two

  • Skeletal diseases
  • Skin diseases and parasites
  • Infectious diseases
  • Other common illnesses

Lesson 9: Small animal Emergency nursing part one  

  • Aims
  • Assessment
  • Animal first aid kit
  • ABC and CPR
  • Handling a first aid patient
  • Shock

Lesson 10: Small animal Emergency nursing part two

  • Fractures
  • Bites and stings
  • Wounds and burns
  • Poisoning and fitting
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Lesson 11: Infection control

  • Importance of infection control
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Sterilisation
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Isolation of an infecious animal
  • Waste 

Lesson 12: Diagnostic Tests used by Vets

  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiography or ultrasound?
  • MRI scanning in animals
  • Blood Tests
  • Urine Tests

Lesson 13: Care of Ill Animals

  • Monitoring
  • Temperature, Pulse and Respiration 
  • Basic care of inpatients
  • How do vets give animals medicine? 
  • Giving oral,ear and eye medication
  • How vets manage fluid levels

Lesson 14: Operation Care

  • Veterinary anaesthesia    
  • Common veterinary surgical procedures
  • Schedule 3 Procedures
  • Sterile Field
  • Surgical instruments
  • Pre op preparation
  • Post op care

Lesson 15: Euthanasia

  • Reasons for euthanasia
  • Making the decision
  • Euthanasia process
  • Euthanasia of exotic pets
  • Signs of a dying animal
  • Signs of death
  • Burial and cremation
  • The animals left behind

Lesson 16: Safety and welfare

  • Health and Safety laws and regulations
  • Hazards
  • Signs
  • Zoonosis
  • Safety tips
  • Animal rescue and welfare organisations
  • A veterinary nurses code of conduct


QualificationsWhat qualifications will I receive?

Course Qualifications 


Qualification: Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that it has undergone an external quality check to ensure that it meets certain quality criteria. 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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by the college to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

In Scotland this course leads to a Level 6 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 6 on the The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) for Scotland.

In Ireland this course leads to a Level 5 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland (NFQI) for Ireland.


About ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.



 

 

Career ProspectsWhat can I do after I qualify?

Veterinary Support Assistant


Animal care also offers the opportunity for stable employment and an attractive salary. Veterinary surgeons need technologists, assistants and clerical staff. There are also job opportunities with pet stores, animal breeders, farms and more.

However, a simple love for animals is usually not enough to land a job in this field. Veterinary medicine is even more complex than human medicine due to the wide variety of animal species that need medical care. If you want a veterinary surgeon to hire you over all the other applicants, you must have knowledge that will be of value to the practice. An excellent way to attain that knowledge and achieve an edge over other applicants is by obtaining your Veterinary Support Assistant Diploma. Our programme allows you to study at home, in your spare time at your own pace. 


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What's IncludedWhat do I get when I enrol?

Your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Veterinary Support Assistant home study course and earn your diploma:


1. All textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning
2. A full range of student services, including:

  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • Comprehensive Study Guide & Study Plan
  • Guide to Effective Study Techniques
  • How to approach exams without fear

3. An accredited award upon successful course completion directly from the awarding body
4. One year's educational support by e-mail, post, fax or phone
5. Free postage and packaging for UK mainland students



Home Study ExplainedHow does home study work and is it right for me?

Distance Learning Explained


Distance Learning is a term used to describe a method of learning where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
 
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our programmes as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our learning programmes have been written and prepared in such a way that it enables you to take control over these decisions.  We also have a varied range of e-learning courses available to complement our full portfolio of distance learning courses.
 
Distance Learning allows you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your distance learning course materials and you feel you know your way around the programme, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your timetable.
 
Although our distance learning course guides are primarily aimed at the first time user, you may already have some experience of distance learning. Whatever your experience, it is important to understand that to be a successful distance learner you need to become familiar and comfortable with the learning materials.
 
Online Learning Explained

Online learning descends from computer-based training, interactive multimedia and integrated learning centers and is the delivery of a learning, training or education program by electronic means.  With the internet boom in the mid '90s, the concept of online learning has spread broadly. 
 
Online learning or e-learning (electronic learning) is a term used to describe learning materials that are not physically provided to you, but are accessible online where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through any of these online learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
 
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our online courses as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our online learning courses have been written and prepared in such a way that they enable you to take control over these decisions.
 
Online learning allows you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your online course and you feel you know your way around the program, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your online course study timetable.
 
Home Study Explained

Home Study Courses are a type of learning material in the form of manuals, CD Roms, Online courses etc. where you; the learner, are not physically required to be ‘onsite’ to be guided through any of these learning materials. Learners and tutors will use methods such as email and telephone to communicate, with you deciding how, when and where you learn.
 
UK Learning College gives you the flexibility to complete our home study courses as quickly or as slowly as is convenient for you. To make this possible, our home learning courses have been written and prepared in such a way that they enable you to take control over these decisions.
 
Home study courses allow you to develop the personal confidence and independence needed for success. Once you have become familiar with your home learning course materials and you feel you know your way around the course, then it is time to put together your own personal study plan to help you decide how best to study. We would advise that you write down your plan to assist you in following your home study timetable.
 
Although our home learning course guides are primarily aimed at the first time user, you may already have some experience of home learning. Whatever your experience, it is important to understand that to be a successful home study course learner, you need to become familiar and comfortable with the learning materials.
 

 


 

Student PortalHow can I interact with other students?

Student Community


We understand that studying from home may be a new experience for you. You could even be excused for feeling a little daunted since you will not be studying in a traditional "classroom environment". To help our students overcome these concerns we have developed a friendly online student community. The Student Community encourages a high level of interaction with your tutor and other like-minded students.

All of our students receive access to the Student Community. You will be able to use the student community for the following:

  1. Access the student forum which allows you to share ideas and chat with other students.
  2. View your tutor's feedback on your marked assignments.
  3. View optional reading lists for your course (where available).
  4. Access free online games, for when you need a break from studying.
  5. View the study guide with plenty of useful hints and tips on how to get the most out of your course.

Access free courses such as: Improving Learning Skills, Job Interview Skills, The Effective Learner, Goal Setting and Time Management, Ten Tips to Complete a Good Test Paper


VISIT THE STUDENT COMMUNITY


 

Related CoursesI am not sure this is for me. Are there similar courses?

Related Courses
Below you will find a list of courses that previous students have taken to complement their course. We hope that this list will give you some idea of the types of progression courses we offer, or alternative course options that may be of interest to you.

 
Advanced Pet Grooming (Level 4) - The Advanced Pet Grooming course will teach you grooming techniques for dogs, cats and small pets. You will find that learning about grooming pets can be a very enjoyable and rewarding.The Advanced Pet Grooming course provides an excellent basis on which to learn about the finer, more advanced aspects of the subject. It explains the different grooming styles suitable for the more challenging breeds for example the poodle....... Read More »
 
Small Holding Management (Level 3) - This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at those with an interest in running a smallholding, either in an employment capacity, or simply for pleasure, or to live a self-sufficient lifestyle........ Read More »
 
Advanced Dog Grooming (Level 4) - The Advanced Dog Grooming course will teach you grooming techniques for dogs, cats and small pets. You will find that learning about grooming pet can be a very enjoyable and rewarding.The Advanced Dog Grooming course provides an excellent basis on which to learn about the finer, advanced aspects of the subject. It explains the different grooming styles suitable for more challenging breeds e.g. poodles. It will provide you with the essential knowledge that you need to care for pets in a responsible safe conscious way....... Read More »
 


 

Further InformationWhat else do I need to know?

If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.


For Windows:
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

For Macintosh:
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course.  We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.



 

How to EnrolHow do I enrol?


   

Step One 
It's simple - Choose from our list of 100s Accredited Courses. Click on the enrol now button to select your enrolment option

Step Two
After you enrol, Course Material will be delivered to you within 7 working days (Normally 48 Hours).

Step Three
A personal tutor and a Dedicated Support advisor will be allocated to you throughout the course.

Step Four
On successful completion of the course, You will be given a Recognised Qualification towards a successful career.


 


 

FAQsWhat are the most frequent questions?

Course Frequently Asked Questions 


Q. How does distance learning work?
To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.
 
Q. When can I start the course?
The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don’t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.
 
Q. How long do the courses take?
This is dependent upon your choice of course and how fast you want to learn. A full breakdown of the course is available in your course literature. We do provide estimated number of study hours; ask our course advisors for details.
 
Q. Do the courses have tutorial support?
Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post.
 
Q. How do I get help with my course work?
You can get help 7 days a week by email, or post from your dedicated tutor, you just email your assignments for marking. You have to send your assignments one at a time so the tutor can mark one and give you the feedback.
 
Q. Will I get a qualification at the end?
Yes, for all our courses, you will receive a diploma or a recognised qualification from the awarding body of your course.
 
Q. Is the course work done online or sent via the internet?
No, the course work can be done offline using your PC or for paper based courses working through your course folder. 
 
Q. Is there a time limit or any deadlines?
We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £40 for 12 months). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period. 
 
Q. Will I have to sit an examination?
Most of our paper based courses do not require you to sit examinations, only continual assessments. Where there are examinations required, you will receive all the information you need to make your own exam arrangements. Please note exam fees are not included in your course fee, unless otherwise stated.
 
Q. How quickly will I receive my course material?
Once your payment has been received and cleared your enrolment should be processed within two days and your course materials delivered within 5 days, for customers who choose to pay in instalments this can take longer as we need a signed agreement back from you before we send the course materials.
 
Q. Do I have to buy any other materials?
Our comprehensive course materials are designed to be self-contained with all the relevant information you require to complete the course and gain the relevant certification. However some of our students undertake additional reading via relevant textbooks/study guides and/or the Internet to add value to their studies.
 
Q. I’m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?
Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what’s available, contact us now.
 
Q. Why choose UK Learning College?
The breadth and depth of our portfolio of courses means that we will have a course to interest you. We are committed to your success, and offer advice and support through every step of the process. We have a dedicated team of Professional Course Advisors that can give you access to career and recruitment advice, whilst offering excellent value and quality courses.
 
Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.
 

 


 

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