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Got your GCSE results and interested in working with animals?

If you’ve received your GCSE results and are interested in working with animals, take a look at some of the training options we provide at The College of Animal Welfare that could help you achieve your career goals…

Veterinary Nursing Qualifications

If you love animals and are concerned with animal welfare; then becoming a veterinary nurse could be the ideal route for you.

Veterinary nurses assist veterinary surgeons in practice and undertake a range of important duties. For example:

  • Preparing animals for surgery and performing minor surgical procedures
  • Monitoring anaesthetised animals
  • Nursing sick animals and administering medication
  • Taking x-rays and carrying out diagnostic tests
  • Advising owners on the health and welfare of their pets
  • Taking bookings, payments and completing necessary paperwork
  • Running nurse clinics, such as diet, worming and grooming consultations

The main route into veterinary nursing at CAW for those with 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or 9-4) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject, is our Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. You can study this Diploma as a standalone qualification or train as part of an apprenticeship. Completion of the course qualifies students to apply for professional registration as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). For more information on eligibility criteria please visit our website.

Alternatively, you could continue to study A-Levels with the view to apply for one of our veterinary nursing degree programmes.

Veterinary Care Training

For those that would like to focus on animal welfare duties outside of surgery within a veterinary practice – such as exercising, grooming and feeding hospitalised animals, monitoring and providing supportive care to inpatients and cleaning and preparing accommodation for animals – training as a Veterinary Care Assistant would be an ideal career path!

Veterinary Care Assistants work alongside veterinary surgeons and nurses in order to provide vital nursing care of small animal patients. Our Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants is an excellent course covering the underlying knowledge needed to thrive in a fast-paced veterinary care environment. There are no academic entry requirements, however you do need to be working or volunteering in a suitable veterinary practice for a minimum of 10 hours per week. 

Completion of this course, provided relevant qualifications in Maths and English are also achieved, allows students to train as veterinary nurse on the Level 3 Diploma programme if they wish to do so.

Animal Care Training

Animal care training is suitable for those looking to find employment in animal care environments outside of veterinary practice. For example, this could be a zoo, stables, rescue centre, cattery or kennels. Depending on the role that you choose to undertake, your duties could range from cleaning, feeding and medicating animals, to educating the public on animal welfare and preparing animals for rehoming.

Our animal care qualifications allow students to gain on-the-job training whilst studying. They will cover a variety of animal care practices depending on your level of experience within the industry. For more information on careers within animal care you can visit our online career profiles.

Dog Grooming  

Dog Grooming is the perfect career choice if you’re passionate about dogs. As a dog groomer you will bathe, dry and style dogs to ‘breed standard’ or customer specification. Not only this, you’ll carry out basic health checks and identify parasites and signs of infection. For more information about a career as a dog groomer you can download our careers guide.

Our City & Guilds accredited level 2 dog grooming qualification  will get you started on the right foot and give you the confidence to undertake a range of bathing and grooming techniques. However, please note that if you are under 18 years of age you are required, by law in England, to either stay in full-time education, undertake an apprenticeship, or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while in part-time education or training. Therefore if you’re under the age of 18 and want to apply to undertake this course, you will need to ensure that you are still complying with one of these options.

Remember there is lots of support out there if you’re unsure about what to do next. You can speak with a member of our Customer Advice Team (CAT) on 01480 422060 if you’re interested in working with animals and would like an informal chat about post 16 career options. You can also have a look at a range of animal career profiles on our website.

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