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Certificate in Animal Nursing (Distance Learning) 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. The programme also prepares students for aspects in anaesthesia, laboratory and infection control.


This is a part-time, remote study course; however,  there will be an expectation to complete some practical assessments at the centre.

Units Studied:

Science, Nutrition, Breeding, Husbandry, Animal Nursing Assistance, Infection Control, Prevention and the Treatment of Disease.


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 number of compulsory work placement hours in a veterinary practice 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.

Practical Facilities:
Askham Bryan College has a well-equipped, dedicated mock veterinary practice on site, a well-resourced animal management centre offering a host of commonly kept domestic mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and birds. Many of the species kept are commonly found in zoological gardens. The well-resourced equine facilities offer students experience to undertake groundwork with horses where appropriate, similarly the commercial farm offers experience with diary, beef and sheep. 


Students who are over 19 are expected to pay a £90 registration fee each year. For full paying students the fee is £633.00. Some fee remission may be available, and applicants are encouraged to make individual enquiries.

Contact Details
Name: Tracey Seymour
Title: Section Administrator
Number: 01904 772277 ext 1112.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be aged 19 or over and ideally have work experience in a Veterinary Practice or in an animal related placement.

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

What Next?

After a telephone interview a confirmation letter will be posted out detailing any conditions of the offer.

Evidence of meeting the conditions need to be provided to Central Admissions prior to an unconditional offer being made. For example, please send evidence of your Maths and English grades as soon as you receive them.
Joining and enrolment details will then be sent out to you in due course.

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 completetion 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