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ABC Animal Nursing Assistant (Certificate) – Correspondence Course (On-Line)

ABC Animal Nursing Assistant (Certificate) – Correspondence Course (On-Line)

About the course

The ANA course is designed for those students currently working in veterinary practice who wish to expand their knowledge and practical skills; it provides a recognised and valued qualification. It allows students to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

On successful completion of the course the students will have attained 3 x GCSE equivalents including Science. Students who do not already hold GCSEs at Grade C or above – English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications) will be unable to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Course modules

Year 1

Deliver basic treatments to animals

Maintain animal accommodation

Provide feed and water to animals

Companion animal anatomy and physiology

Principles of infection control for animal nursing assistants

Principles of companion animal pharmacy

Carry out reception duties

Principles of basic animal nursing assistance

Companion animal nutrition

Principles of companion animal anaesthesia and fluid therapy

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students will be working in veterinary practice for a suitable amount of time to gain experience. The qualification is managed by Myerscough College and awarded by the Awarding Body Consortium. (ABC) Student will automatically register with ABC through the enrolment onto the ANA course with Myerscough College.

The package includes:

  • Course Provision
  • ABC Registration
  • Assessment Fees (Internal and External moderation)

Mandatory Additional Application Documents:

Learning and assessment

The course will be delivered online. All material is available through College learning space 'Canvas' There are 4 modules in total – each module is made up of 5 – 6 topics. A time scale of 10 weeks is allowed for each module to complete the tasks. The course is assessed through internal and external moderations. To pass the qualification learners are expected to cover all the learning outcomes through an assessment. The assessments are presented in various methods – assignments, MCQ’s, short answer questions, case studies, practical tasks and witness statements.

Students will need to structure their own study time and practical assessment within the veterinary practice.


Students who successfully complete the course of study may wish to remain in employment at a veterinary practice and progress on to Level 3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing (if their practice is a Training Practice (TP). Please be aware that students must have the correct entry requirements to progress onto SVN Level 3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing.

Myerscough College - Veterinary Nursing Courses
Myerscough College - Veterinary Nursing Courses

Veterinary Nursing

Myerscough School of Veterinary Nursing has been an established provider of education and training for veterinary nurses for more than 35 years, with approval from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons granted in 1975. In this time the College has successfully taught many small animal and equine student nurses from all parts of Britain and Europe.

Veterinary Nurses (VNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons and provide a high standard of care and treatment for animals. This includes skilled supportive care for ill animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring animals during anaesthesia, providing medical treatments and carrying out diagnostic tests.