VetSkill Level 2 Diploma in Patient Care Assistance

Course Information

Qualification Overview

The VetSkill Level 2 Diploma in Patient Care Assistance is designed to provide an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their skills and understanding of providing high level care to animals in a veterinary environment, assisting Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Surgeons. Furthermore, it may be used as a stepping stone onto VetSkill’s Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) qualification, subject to additional entry conditions being met.

Qualification Number: 603/5307/7

Level: 2

Credits: 40

Guided Learning Hours: 400

Total Qualification Time: 1160 hours


What will you learn?

How long will it take?

This Level 2 Diploma offers 40 credits (400 guided learning hours) and will take up to 18-24 months to complete.

You will undertake the following units:

  • Legislation and Safe Working Practices
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Environment and Accommodation
  • Induction to Patient Care
  • Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Veterinary Care Support
  • Assisting with Laboratory Procedures
  • Assisting with Diagnostic Imaging
  • Techniques in Medical Patient Care
  • Techniques in Surgical Patient Care


What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal or specific academic or learning entry requirements for learners undertaking this programme. However, learners must be working (paid or voluntary) within a veterinary practice in order to fulfill the practical requirements of the qualification.


How is the qualification assessed?

Portfolio of Evidence:

You will gather evidence in a portfolio to demonstrate  practical tasks, and knowledge and understanding tasks. The portfolio can be an e-portfolio or paper based, VetSkill have no preference in this regard.


Where can you study?

The following Centres are currently approved to deliver the Level 2 Diploma in Patient Care Assistance:

Northumberland College