Certificate in Animal Nursing Level 2 (Blended Learning)

Course Details

  • Department

    Veterinary Nursing
  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Blended Learning
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Learn the basics of animal nursing in this one-year course covering health, husbandry and nutrition. You’ll build skills through a mixture of hands-on tasks and theory at our dedicated animal learning centre – which includes a fully-equipped mock vet practice – alongside experience gained on work placements. This course offers a blended learning approach, with expectation to attend on-site teaching sessions twice per term. These teaching sessions will be alternated to provide greater attendance opportunity. Typically, students studying this course progress onto the Level 3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing course (VetSkill).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be aged 19 or over

ideally have a placement as an auxiliary nurse in a veterinary practice, or in an animal-related placement.


Cost for students


£632.50 tuition plus £96.80 awarding body fee

*Fees may be different for students from devolved areas, see course costs further below




Key Information

This is a course that is fully dedicated to animal nursing students

Units Studied:

  • Deliver basic treatments to animals
  • Maintain animal accommodation
  • Provide feed and water to animals
  • Companion animal anatomy & physiology
  • Handling and restraint of animals
  • Principles of infection control for animal nursing assistants
  • Principles of companion animal pharmacy
  • Companion animal parasitology & zoonosis
  • Principles of companion animal anaesthesia and fluid therapy


A portfolio of work-related skills forms part of the assessment of this course, along with examinations, tests, assignments, witness testimony and practical assessments (at the college).


You will have a Course Manager and an Academic Tutor to help you throughout the course, to help you achieve your goals and resolve any problems you may have. If you have any specialist support needs please highlight this on your application and we can arrange for a meeting with the student support team.


‘The distance learning course was a good for me as a adult learner and having to work at the same time. The ANA course is a excellent introduction to Veterinary Nursing’ Stephanie (Certificate Animal Nursing student)




Applicants should be aged 19 or over, ideally have a placement as an auxiliary nurse in a veterinary practice, or in an animal-related placement.


Applicants are normally expected to have a level 2 already in English and Maths.


Students that successfully complete the course, and fulfil the entry criteria, can apply to progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. This can be studied as a full-time students or as an apprenticeship.


On successful completion of this students course will be able to provide auxiliary nursing support within veterinary practices and may wish to continue study to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nursing, a regulated profession.

Students will be supported to secure a suitable and relevant work experience placement.


Students must undertake a compulsory work placement and complete 150 hours to successfully pass the course.

The fee is £632.50 plus a £96.80 awarding fee.

Course cost may be different if you reside in a devolved area.  To find out more please visit out finance page for advice for over 19 applicants or email us: abcfee@askham-bryan.ac.uk

*Fees may be different for students from devolved areas, please check by emailing applications@askham-bryan.ac.uk 





Some fee remission may be available, and applicants are encouraged to make individual enquiries in their local geographical area.

Additional fee information:

1. If eligible for co funding (part government funded and part cost to yourself) the fee payable is £632.50 tuition and £96.80 awarding body registration fee (total £729.30).

2. If eligible for full funding (fully funded by the government) then there will be no fee payable by the student. This in employment/self-employed and the gross annual earnings fall below the 2023/24 government guidelines threshold (currently approx £18,525), for which evidence is required e.g. payslips/contract). Similarly, if unemployed and in receipt of an eligible benefit, full funding may be available.

3. If not eligible for any government funding, then the fee payable is £2,176.00. This may be due to a home address being within a ‘devolved area’ (a Mayoral Combined Authority is where funding is devolved to local authorities), or if the applicant has already received funding to study the qualification previously.

“‘The distance learning course was a good for me as a adult learner and having to work at the same time. The ANA course is a excellent introduction to Veterinary Nursing ‘ Stephanie (Certificate Vet Nursing student)”

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