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Certificate in Animal Nursing Level 2


This one year course supports students in developing their knowledge of basic animal nursing. The programme combines units of health, husbandry, exotics and nutrition. Part Time attendance at Gateshead, and blended-learning available.


This is a centre that is fully dedicated to animal nursing and veterinary nursing students

Units Studied:

  • Deliver basic treatments to animals
  • Maintain animal accommodation
  • Provide feed and water to animals
  • Companion animal anatomy & physiology
  • Companion Animal Nutrition
  • Principles of infection control for animal nursing assistants
  • Principles of basic animal nursing assistance
  • Principles of companion animal pharmacy
  • Companion animal parasitology & zoonosis
  • Principles of companion animal anesthesia 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).

Work Placement:

Students must undertake a compulsory work placement and complete 200 hours to successfully pass the course.


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 Vet Nursing student)

Practical Facilities:

Askham Bryan College has a well-equipped, dedicated mock veterinary practice on site,


The fee is £633.00 plus a £90 awarding fee. Some fee remission may be available, and applicants are encouraged to make individual enquiries.



Entry Requirements

Applicants should be aged 19 or over, and ideally have a placement in a Vet Practice in a nursing role, or in an animal related placement.

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

Students will be required to demonstrate their fitness to practise including the disclosure of any criminal convictions that may affect registration with the RCVS as qualified veterinary nurses.

Further Study

Students that complete study and fulfil the entry criteria can apply to progress to the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. This can be studied on a full time or Apprenticeship basis. 

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 Veterinary Nursing, a regulated profession in the future.

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