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Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course


  • CPD Accredited Course – Recognised Learning

  • Tutor Support and Exam Fees included

  • Learn on any device – Desktop, Laptop, Tablets and Smart Phones


Course Overview

This Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course will provide learners with a much deeper insight and understanding into working with animals providing key support to the veterinary practitioner. The course will cover a range of topics discussing caring for pets, and other domestic animals, plus more key skills and knowledge. If you want to learn more about working with animals, being the first point of call for the veterinary practitioner, or are already working in the industry and want to know more, this course will cover a range of modules and provide multiple examples for assessment.

Course Syllabus

The Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course is split into the following modules:

    Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course: Module List

  • The fundamentals of Veterinary Support Assistant
  • ~ Describe difference between veterinary nurse, veterinary surgeon and veterinary support assistance.
    ~ Nurse- handles issues such as dealing with animals and their owners, helping with consultations, offering advice regarding food and nutrition etc.
    ~ Surgeon- can give a diagnosis, perform surgery, has the most knowledge regarding animals.
    ~ Support assistance- offering support to a veterinary nurse.
    ~ What the job involves: exercise, groom feed hospitalised animals. Monitor, provide care, prepare equipment, prepare operating theatre, cleaning, restraining animals, reception, record keeping, important traits to have: hardworking, reliable, passionate.

  • How to efficiently handle Animals
  • ~ Handling animals that are easily stressed.
    ~ Handling animals whilst the owner is in the room.
    ~ Carrying.
    ~ Restraining dogs.
    ~ Restraining cats.
    ~ Distraction.
    ~ Handling and restraining horses.

  • Safely Handling Livestock
  • ~ Risks of handling cattle.
    ~ Equipment.
    ~ Handling bulls.
    ~ Preparing cattle.
    ~ Sheep and pigs.

  • First Aid for Animals
  • ~ Seizures.
    ~ Fractures.
    ~ Bleeding (external and internal).
    ~ Burns.
    ~ Choking.
    ~ Heatstroke.
    ~ Shock.
    ~ Not breathing.

  • First Aid for Small Animals
  • ~ Bleeding.
    ~ Seizures.
    ~ Skeletal injuries.
    ~ Respiratory distress.
    ~ Diarrhoea.
    ~ Urinary Bleeding.

  • Efficiently Handling Puppies
  • ~ Picking up.
    ~ Restraint.
    ~ Transport.

  • Efficiently Handling Kittens
  • ~ Picking up.
    ~ Restraint.
    ~ Transport.

  • The People Behind a Veterinary Practice Team
  • ~ List different people that make up the team:
    ~ Students.
    ~ Groomers.
    ~ Kennel assistants.
    ~ Veterinary assistants.
    ~ Veterinary technicians.
    ~ Veterinary technologists.
    ~ Veterinary technician specialist.
    ~ Receptionists.
    ~ Practice managers.
    ~ Office managers.
    ~ Veterinarians.

  • Animal Emergencies
  • ~ Common pet emergencies.
    ~ Emergencies that need attending to as soon as possible.

  • Legal and Ethical requirements
  • ~ Talk about the following in detail:
    Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
    Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
    Medicines Act 1968
    Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
    Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
    Data Protection Acts 1984 and 1999
    Animal Welfare Act 2006
    Protection of Animals Acts 1945 and 1964
    Animals (scientific procedures) Act 1986
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

  • A Veterinary Assistants Check-list
  • ~ List the things that need checking.
    ~ Overall summary.

  • Final test


To assess the learners ability and knowledge to effectively understand the topics contained within the Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course, the course features a number of end of module interactive quiz questions.

Additionally, at the end of the course learners will also take an online multiple choice assessment test. This online multiple choice test is marked automatically so you will receive an instant grade and know whether you have passed the course.


On successful completion of this Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course learners will receive a CPD Certificate of Achievement award from Oplex Careers.

This certificate will be produced in PDF format, hard copies of the certificate will be available at an additional fee of £9.99.

Course Format

This course is delivered online through eLearning. Learners of the course will receive instant access to our interactive student learning portal, which offers 24/7 access to the Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course.

Course Duration

The online Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course requires 80 hours to complete the course in full. This is only a guide to the learning hours required and it depends on how quickly an individual can absorb the information. The learning is online so it can be spread out over multiple sessions or done in one session.

Learners will have access to this course for up to 12 months from the date of joining. There is no time limit to complete the course during this period.

Tutor Support

When you are studying a course it is always useful to know that you have the help and support of tutors that want you to succeed in your studies.

As part of the Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course you will receive access to our dedicated tutor support service. The academic tutors will be able to provide you with unlimited online email support to help answer any questions that you may have whilst you are studying the course.

Course Compatibility

course-compatibility-400Our Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices.

We know that more and more people are using the web whilst they are on the move, so we have designed this Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course to be fully compatible across tablet and smartphone devices. You will be able to access the same content from the course, just over a 3G or 4G network whilst on the move.


Once the course has successfully been completed learners will be awarded with a CPD Certificate of Achievement Award from us.
The course has been accredited and recognised to meet CPD guidelines.

cpd logo

Your certificate will display the universally recognised CPD logo as proof of your knowledge and competencies gained from taking this course.

The CPD certificate is recognised by major employers, education establishments and institutions in the UK and Internationally. Taking the course will demonstrate your professional commitment, as it clearly demonstrates your potential to employers and the value that you can bring to an organisation. It shows that you are serious about your chosen career sector and it can be that crucial step in helping you to gain a new job or promotion.

What is CPD?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development.

Recognised nationally by employers, professional organisations and academic intuitions a CPD course is a valuable certificate to achieve.

CPD is a commitment to lifelong learning, a skill that is invaluable to all people in society. Employers from both the public and private sectors, as well as academic intuitions across the UK and internationally recognise Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CPD is a great way for individuals to gain new skills, improve their job prospects, gain greater job satisfaction and also help to secure a promotion.

The courses available through us conform to the universally accepted CPD quality mark and standards of recording, reflecting, tracking, planning and reviewing.


When can I enrol on a course?
We don’t have set enrolment dates like a traditional college or university, thus you can enroll on a course at any time and study as your own pace.

Can I enrol on more than one course?
Yes. You are able to study more than 1 course at any given time. You can study 2 courses or even 10 courses at the same time.

Will I receive a certificate?
Yes. All our courses come with an recognised CPD Certification Award upon completion, therefore once you finish the course we will issue you with your certificate.

Will I get a tutor if I need help?
Of course. Once you enrol onto a course you will have access to the tutor support team, thus you will be able to contact a tutor should you have any questions.

How much is a hard copy certificate?
Once you finish your course we will produce a digital PDF version of your CPD Certificate of Achievement Award. You can print this out yourself or if you prefer you can order a stamped hard copy certificate for just £9.99. We will produce and dispatched your personalised certificate within 1-3 working days.

Can I enrol if I live outside the UK?
Yes, you can! We welcome every student onto our courses because they are online, so there are no classes to attend. You can study anywhere at any time.

Are there any additional/hidden fees?
None whatsoever. We list the course price and extras on the course page. Everything you need to study your course is included within the course material. The exam costs and re-sit fees are all included within the course price. The only optional fee is for a hard copy certificate where you would pay £9.99, however we will produce the digital PDF version included in the course price.

Can I study on my tablet/smartphone?
Yes you can. All our courses will work on tablet or smartphone devices so you will be able to study on every major device and operating system, this includes PC’s, Laptops, Mac’s, Tablets, Smartphones and Gaming Consoles.


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