Animal Care
Search Courses

Veterinary Care Assistant City and Guilds Diploma Level 2

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their skills and understanding of providing high level care to animals in a veterinary environment, assisting Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Surgeons.

What topics are covered?

This qualification covers a specialist area related to the skills and knowledge required for working as a Veterinary Care Assistant in a veterinary care environment.


All learners must take the mandatory units:


  • Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of administrative duties in the veterinary care environment


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

16+ people who are looking to work in the veterinary care industry. Those who want to return to the workplace after an absence or those who wish to gain a relevant qualification to further their career options within the veterinary care industry.

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, including maths and English language; or a Level 1 Diploma.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 2 Diploma Veterinary Nursing
  • FS Maths (if required)
  • FS English (if required)

Who is the awarding body?

City and Guilds

How will I learn?

The theoretical parts of the course will be held in college. The workbased practical elements will be carried out in a veterinary practice.

What hours will I be in college?

  • Up to 3 days a week in College.
  • A minimum of two days a week in a veterinary practice (can be split days and weekends)

How will I be assessed?

Through college based assignments and in the workplace for practical elements, which will be assessed by suitably qualified staff.

What can I do after this course?

You can (with a Distinction and L2 FS or GCSE Maths and English A*-C) progress onto the L3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing (you will need to gain employment in an RCVS Approved Training Practice). Or progress onto any other L3 course.

Are there any additional costs?


What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

A dedicated veterinary nursing unit, to deliver both theoretical and practical elements of the programme. Animal house facilities (in the same building) to support exotic elements of the programme.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

RCVS, BVNA, RCVS Approved Training Practices.

What are the leisure and cultural activities?

Crufts, Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month. Supporting local animal charities

Which department is this course in?


Where will I need to go on my first day?

Bath College Somer Valley Campus reception.

What do I need to bring?

Pens, folders and a letter to show that you have a placement in a veterinary practice for 600 hours over the course of the year (employed or voluntary).

What else do I need to know?

This qualification can also be delivered as part of an apprenticeship programme.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.

1 review for Veterinary Care Assistant City and Guilds Diploma Level 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Very informative

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your Wishlist