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Introduction to Animal Nursing and Welfare (Level 2 and 3 Combined)


Askham Bryan College is an approved centre for vocational training for veterinary nursing. With high quality facilities, teaching and learning, the sites have practical and theoretical expertise to provide learners with an outstanding experience that will equip them to meet the needs of current industrial clinical practice. Whilst studying with us you will have access to a range of companion and exotic species via the Animal Management facility. This will provide you with unique opportunities to develop practical skills of handling and health assessment for these animals.


This course is also now available at our Askham Bryan College Middlesbrough Campus.

This one year Level 3 course combines a Level 3 Subsidiary-Diploma in Animal Management with a Certificate in Animal Nursing at Level 2. The combined programme enables students to develop underpinning knowledge of the physiological workings of the animal in addition to basic health care and the treatment and prevention of disease.

Course Themes:

• Animal biology
• Nutrition and feeding
• Husbandry
• Introduction to animal nursing
• Infection control
• Prevention and treatment of disease
• Species variation
• Maths where applicable

A small portfolio of work-related skills forms part of the assessment of this course, along with examinations, tests, assignments, presentations and practical assessments. Students must also undertake a work placement in a veterinary practice, should students wish to be considered for the Level 3 Diploma work experience must be undertaken in a veterinary practice.

Why Choose Us?

The course allows students to experience both Veterinary Nursing and Animal Management aspects. From this, they can then make an educated decision on continued study. 

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (old GCSE grading C or above) to include English Language, Maths or Science, plus two weeks of work experience with suitable references in any animal related placement.

Further Study

Successful graduates of this course can apply to complete the City and Guilds Technical Diploma in Animal Management, or for those that have secured either employment of an apprenticeship position in a veterinary practice, they can apply to study the level 3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing course.

Potential Career Pathways:

Head veterinary nurse
Practice manager
Specialist veterinary nurse
Sales representative
Rehabilitation (i.e. physiotherapy or hydrotherapy)
Roles in the pharmaceutical or animal health industry

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277