VN awarding body Central Qualifications has launched two new animal care courses, following calls from industry.
VN awarding body Central Qualifications (CQ) has launched two new animal care courses, following calls from industry.
The organisation, which has been providing a Level 3 VN diploma to rival the traditional RCVS/City and Guilds course, has launched a diploma for veterinary nursing assistants (DipVNA) and a diploma in animal nursing (DipAN).
Both courses are running at CQ’s centres in Kent and Suffolk, and are available for other providers to teach in the 2013/14 academic year.
Commenting on demand for teaching, CQ director Jacqui Garrett said: “The Level 2 DipVNA and DipAN have been developed in response to industry lead. They have been specifically designed to prepare learners for working within veterinary practice, providing initial Level 2 competencies with clear progression routes onto the Level 3 DipVN.”
The DipVNA can be taught on its own or as part of the Level 2 Nursing Assistants in a Veterinary Environment Apprenticeship Framework. It covers animal anatomy and physiology and the principles of animal handling and care, as well as administration skills, and consists of eight units, with an estimated learning time of 570 hours. Practical learning is assisted by use of CQ’s Central Skills Log (CSL) recording system.
The DipAN covers the care of hospitalised animals, medicine supply, diagnostics and emergency care, client care, communication and managing working relationships. It consists of 13 Level 2 units and five Level 3 units, with an estimated total learning time of 1,650 hours. It also uses the CSL.
Jacqui added: “The DipAN has been developed in response to a survey carried out by CQ at the 2011 BVNA congress. The survey asked whether the industry felt it would be beneficial for non-qualified nursing staff to undertake a recognised training programme, and of the 547 respondents, comprising veterinary surgeons, nurses and training providers, 92% were in favour.”