The Veterinary Support Assistant – Level 3 Course is designed for students wanting to gain an understanding of the skills required in becoming a veterinary assistant. The course would be suitable for those with an interest in veterinary nursing or for those interested in becoming a veterinary nurse assistant.

The course aims to give an understanding of the different roles within a veterinary team and will cover the legal and ethical system in which they work. It will also give students an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of dogs and cats as well as giving a working knowledge of Health and Safety within veterinary practice. Other important topics covered are infection control and the different veterinary equipment used within a practice.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

Course Delivery Notice: An additional paper-based copy of this course can be purchased for £35.00 in the online store so you have both online and paper-based versions to study from. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.

This home study course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: The Roles of Members of the Veterinary Team

The following Topics are covered: Roles and responsibilities of Veterinary Surgeons; Roles of the Veterinary Nurse; Roles of the Student Veterinary Nurse; Essentials of the legal system; and Individual character and conscience

  • Unit 2: Anatomy & Physiology of Dogs and Cats

The following Topics are covered: Animal cell structure and cell function; Basic structure and function of the nervous system; The endocrine system; The digestive system; The urinary system; The respiratory system; The cardiovascular system; and The circulatory system.

  • Unit 3: Health & Safety within the Veterinary Practice

The following Topics are covered: Principles of health and safety; Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002; Hazardous Waste Regulations, 2005; and Manual Handling Regulations, 1992.

  • Unit 4: Infection Control in the Veterinary Practice

The following Topics are covered: The role of infection in animal and human health; Principles of disease transmission in veterinary practice; How to maintain a clean clinical environment; and Main groups of disinfectants.

  • Unit 5: Veterinary Nursing Support of Diagnostic Techniques

The following Topics are covered: Running a laboratory in a veterinary practice; Emergency procedures; General safety measures; How to collect and prepare urine, faecal and blood samples; How to carry out common laboratory tests; and Test results.

  • Unit 6: Understanding Veterinary Pharmacy

The following Topics are covered: Principles of pharmacy stock management; The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; Principles of safe dispensing; Medication terms used in Pharmacology; Absorption rate; and Drug formulations


There are no particular entry requirements for this course and it is available to anyone interested in the subject.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


The course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your course tutor. The Certificate is gained from successful completion of the coursework so there is no external examination.


On successful completion of this course students will receive a Veterinary Support Assistant Certificate of Achievement by Training Qualification UK (TQUK).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

Training Qualification UK (TQUK) are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment. The course is assessed and supported by O-S-C, a licensed TQUK centre. TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual. TQUK accredit courses which are developed by industry experts and work hand in hand with organisations ensuring the calibre and worth of courses provided.

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