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Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants (DipVNA)

Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants (DipVNA)

Our unique courses are delivered by qualified professionals in small classes, so that students have a high level of support. We aim to prepare and support students for successful careers in veterinary nursing.

What does the course provide?

The course is designed to prepare students for a successful career as a veterinary nurse assistant.

Key aims:

The courses all include a balance of practice-based learning and theoretical teaching and use a variety of strategies to ensure students can undertake tasks proficiently.

As part of our full time programme, we provide clinical rotation in veterinary training practices which allow students to become competent and confident in a veterinary environment. 

Our part-time programme is for those who are already working or have a placement in an approved veterinary practice.


The awarding body for our Veterinary Nursing Assistant programme is Central Qualifications. Assessment is through assignments, examinations and clinical skills exams. You will also be required to compile an online nursing progress log, Central Skills Log (CSL), which will be monitored by your workplace clinical coach.

Who are the courses suitable for and what are the entry requirements?

Those who wish to become a qualified veterinary nursing assistant. There are no formal entry requirements, although it is recommended that applicants should have GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

What qualification will I achieve at the end of my course?

On successful completion of your course you will achieve the CQ Diploma as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant and you will be awarded the post-nominal letters DipVNA.

What are the progression opportunities?

Once qualified you will be in a position to work as a qualified veterinary nursing assistant in practice. You may also consider progressing onto further courses, such as the Diploma in Animal Nursing or the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

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Enrolment on the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Assistants

Students must enrol on the course and be registered for the Diploma before the commencement of the programme. Click here to register your interest.

About Us

Central College is a further education college specialising in veterinary and animal care studies. With close links to veterinary practices, we provide a wide range of full and part time work-based learning programmes and apprenticeships.

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