Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course

£349.99 £19.00

The online Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course from Oplex Careers will provide learners with a further insight into learning key skills to work with animals caring for their well being when in the Vet. The course will cover a range of topics discussing animal health, your role support the practice vet and more.

Course Description

This Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course will provide learners with a much deeper insight and understanding into working with animals providing key support to the veterinary practitioner. The course will cover a range of topics discussing caring for pets, and other domestic animals, plus more key skills and knowledge. If you want to learn more about working with animals, being the first point of call for the veterinary practitioner, or are already working in the industry and want to know more, this course will cover a range of modules and provide multiple examples for assessment.

Course Syllabus

The Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course is split into the following modules:

    Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course: Module List

  • The fundamentals of Veterinary Support Assistant
  • ~ Describe difference between veterinary nurse, veterinary surgeon and veterinary support assistance.
    ~ Nurse- handles issues such as dealing with animals and their owners, helping with consultations, offering advice regarding food and nutrition etc.
    ~ Surgeon- can give a diagnosis, perform surgery, has the most knowledge regarding animals.
    ~ Support assistance- offering support to a veterinary nurse.
    ~ What the job involves: exercise, groom + feed hospitalised animals. Monitor, provide care, prepare equipment, prepare operating theatre, cleaning, restraining animals, reception, record keeping, important traits to have: hardworking, reliable, passionate.

  • How to efficiently handle Animals
  • ~ Handling animals that are easily stressed.
    ~ Handling animals whilst the owner is in the room.
    ~ Carrying.
    ~ Restraining dogs.
    ~ Restraining cats.
    ~ Distraction.
    ~ Handling and restraining horses.

  • Safely Handling Livestock
  • ~ Risks of handling cattle.
    ~ Equipment.
    ~ Handling bulls.
    ~ Preparing cattle.
    ~ Sheep and pigs.

  • First Aid for Animals
  • ~ Seizures.
    ~ Fractures.
    ~ Bleeding (external and internal).
    ~ Burns.
    ~ Choking.
    ~ Heatstroke.
    ~ Shock.
    ~ Not breathing.

  • First Aid for Small Animals
  • ~ Bleeding.
    ~ Seizures.
    ~ Skeletal injuries.
    ~ Respiratory distress.
    ~ Diarrhoea.
    ~ Urinary Bleeding.

  • Efficiently Handling Puppies
  • ~ Picking up.
    ~ Restraint.
    ~ Transport.

  • Efficiently Handling Kittens
  • ~ Picking up.
    ~ Restraint.
    ~ Transport.

  • The People Behind a Veterinary Practice Team
  • ~ List different people that make up the team:
    ~ Students.
    ~ Groomers.
    ~ Kennel assistants.
    ~ Veterinary assistants.
    ~ Veterinary technicians.
    ~ Veterinary technologists.
    ~ Veterinary technician specialist.
    ~ Receptionists.
    ~ Practice managers.
    ~ Office managers.
    ~ Veterinarians.

  • Animal Emergencies
  • ~ Common pet emergencies.
    ~ Emergencies that need attending to as soon as possible.

  • Legal and Ethical requirements
  • ~ Talk about the following in detail:
    Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
    Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
    Medicines Act 1968
    Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
    Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
    Data Protection Acts 1984 and 1999
    Animal Welfare Act 2006
    Protection of Animals Acts 1945 and 1964
    Animals (scientific procedures) Act 1986
    Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

  • A Veterinary Assistants Check-list
  • ~ List the things that need checking.
    ~ Overall summary.

  • Final test


To assess the learners ability and knowledge to effectively understand the topics contained within the Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course, the course features a number of end of module interactive quiz questions.

Additionally, at the end of the course learners will also take an online multiple choice assessment test. This online multiple choice test is marked automatically so you will receive an instant grade and know whether you have passed the course.


On successful completion of this Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course learners will receive a CPD Certificate of Achievement award from Oplex Careers.

This certificate will be produced in PDF format, hard copies of the certificate will be available at an additional fee of £9.99.

Course Format

This course is delivered online through eLearning. Learners of the course will receive instant access to our interactive student learning portal, which offers 24/7 access to the Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course.

Course Duration

The online Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course requires 80 hours to complete the course in full. This is only a guide to the learning hours required and it depends on how quickly an individual can absorb the information. The learning is online so it can be spread out over multiple sessions or done in one session.

Learners will have access to this course for up to 12 months from the date of joining. There is no time limit to complete the course during this period.

Tutor Support

When you are studying a course it is always useful to know that you have the help and support of tutors that want you to succeed in your studies.

As part of the Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course you will receive access to our dedicated tutor support service. The academic tutors will be able to provide you with unlimited online email support to help answer any questions that you may have whilst you are studying the course.

Course Compatibility

course-compatibility-400Our Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices.

We know that more and more people are using the web whilst they are on the move, so we have designed this Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced Course to be fully compatible across tablet and smartphone devices. You will be able to access the same content from the course, just over a 3G or 4G network whilst on the move.

On successful completion of this course learners will be awarded with:

Level 4 CPD Award in Veterinary Support Assistant Advanced

CPD logoUpon completion of the course learners will be awarded with the Oplex Careers CPD certificate. The Certificate of Achievement will provide proof that you have studied the course and will contain your grade and classification level. You can use the certificate from us as part of your portfolio of evidence and use it to attend job or academic interviews.

What is CPD?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. CPD is a commitment to lifelong learning, a skill that is invaluable to all people in society. Employers from both the public and private sectors, as well as academic intuitions across the UK and internationally recognise Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CPD is a great way for individuals to gain new skills, improve their job prospects, gain greater job satisfaction and also help to secure a promotion.

The courses available through Oplex Careers conform to the universally accepted CPD quality mark and standards of recording, reflecting, tracking, planning and reviewing.

Benefits of CPD
Regardless of where you are in your career, undertaking an Oplex Careers CPD course can help you;

  • Enhance your employment opportunities
  • Improve career satisfaction
  • Track prior learning
  • Show you are up-to-date with the requirements of your job
  • Contribute to your CV
  • Lead to further education
  • Demonstrate your commitment and value within your organisation
  • Prepare you for promotion

When you finish with the course your certificate will contain the recognised CPD mark from Oplex Careers.

Below you will find some common questions that previous students have asked us prior to joining the course.

  • How do I enrol?
    Just click the ‘Add to Cart’ button above, which will add the course in your shopping cart, from here proceed with the checkout and enter your payment details. Once your payment has successfully gone through, you will receive instant access to your online course. We will email you your course details and invoice straight away to the email address you use at sign up.
  • Can I study if I live outside the UK?
    Yes. With Oplex Careers you will receive instant access to your online training course, meaning that you can study from anywhere in the world, as you have an internet connection. We have students taking our courses in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Can I buy the course for someone else?
    Yes. You can purchase the course for someone else, whether it is a family member or friend. Just be sure to inform us after checkout so we can update the course details accordingly.
  • When does this course start?
    Oplex Careers is not like a traditional college or learning institution where set dates for enrolment exist, we provide online training courses that are completely flexible. With our online training courses you can enrol and start your course at any time. You have complete control over your own learning.
  • Do I need to come to a training venue?
    All the courses available at Oplex Careers are studied online, so you do not need to attend any training venue or classes.
  • When will I receive my course?
    You will receive instant access to your online training course once you have successfully completed the checkout. We send your login details for the course, along with a receipt for your payment straight away to the email address used at checkout. Please make sure you therefore use the correct email address at checkout.
  • Will I have a tutor?
    Generally speaking, the majority of courses provided by Oplex Careers come with 100% dedicated tutor support. If you need any help or get stuck whilst you are studying the course, you can simply contact your course tutor via email who will be able to provide you with support.
  • What should I do if I need help?
    If you need help on the course just email our tutor support team who will be able to guide and help you with whatever problem you are facing. When you receive your online training course from Oplex Careers you will be sent details on how to contact the tutor support services.
  • Do I receive a certificate?
    Generally speaking, once you have finished the course you will receive a certificate to showcase your new skills and qualifications. The specific level and award of the certificate will depend on which course you are studying, please see the individual course page for more details. This certificate will be sent to you via email in PDF format once you have completed the course. Hard copies of certificates are available for an additional £9.99.
  • How long does it take to get a certificate?
    Certificates generally take between 1-3 working days to be produced, but can be longer during busy periods. This certificate will be sent to you via email in PDF format once you have completed the course. Hard copies of certificates are available for an additional £9.99.
  • Are there any deadlines?
    At Oplex Careers our courses are online and can be studied your own pace, without any strict deadlines for completion throughout the duration of your course subscription.
  • Do I need any previous experience or qualifications before I join a course?
    Most of the courses available here at Oplex Careers require little or no previous knowledge prior to enrolling. Our courses are ideal for beginners and those interested in the subject.
  • Is there an age requirement to join the course?
    There is no age requirement to join the online training courses here at Oplex Careers. Assuming that you can keep up with the learning material and study at your own pace, you shouldn’t have problem learning.
  • How long do I have access to my course?
    You will have access to a course for 12 months from the date of joining. Should you need to extend your course after such time, just contact you tutor.
  • Is the course recognised?
    The majority of our courses conform to the universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) standards and code of learning. CPD is recognised nationally across the United Kingdom and internationally around the world, thus the CPD Award should be recognised by academic institutions, public organisations and private companies. Your certificate will contain the Oplex Careers CPD Award.
  • I have another question about the course, how can I contact you?
    Please use the course eqnuiry tab to contact us should you have a specific question which is not answered here.

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