Level 3 Introduction to Animal Nursing and Welfare (attended)

Course Details

  • Department

    Veterinary Nursing
  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Learn in outstanding facilities and gain experience with a wide range of animals, including companion pets and exotic species, at our approved centre for vocational veterinary nurse training. You’ll gain the practical and theoretical expertise needed for clinical practice and animal management while developing skills in handling and assessing the health of varied species.

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, must include English and then either Maths or Science with a further two at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C). Level 2 functional skills qualifications for English and Maths may be considered dependant on age.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

This one year Level 3 course combines a Level 3 Practical Animal Care course 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 nursing care, treatment and the prevention of disease.


Course Themes:

  • Animal Biology
  • Nutrition and Feeding
  • Husbandry related practical and theory skills ( handling and accommodation)
  • Introduction to Animal Nursing ( disease control, pharmacy and treatment, parasitology, anaesthesia and fluid therapy)
  • Maths where applicable ( where a resit is required)

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 for a minimum of 150hrs.

Note: For future study, 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 their preferred continued study.

Students are required to hold a GCSE grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) in English Language, plus three additional GCSE grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) qualifications (equivalences will be considered), of which Maths or Science should be included.

Students are required to have undertaken two weeks voluntary work in any animal-related setting. This will be supported with a satisfactory reference from this provider.

Successful graduates of this course can apply to complete the City and Guilds Extended 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:

  • Registered Veterinary Nurse
  • Sales representative for an allied animal industry
  • Working in the animal care sector
  • Rehabilitation (i.e. physiotherapy or hydrotherapy)
  • Roles in the pharmaceutical or animal health industry

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students must also undertake a work placement:


Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours

Students are expected to buy PPE, consisting of overalls and steel toe capped boots for practical sessions. A normal range of stationery is required for theory sessions.


Trip costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible, trip information will be provided at the start of the course.

  • York Campus

    York is the College's residential campus and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

    Photo of animal management building

Student Stories

Siobhan’s Story

“Askham Bryan College is a fantastic college. It has been a pleasure learning here. All the tutors are willing to go above and beyond to ensure you have the best knowledge possible. I would recommend this college to anyone wanting to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. ”

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