This qualification aims to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and understanding to safely and effectively provide basic treatment to one or more species of animal.
The minimum age for candidates taking this course is 16 years.
The qualification has one unit which includes health and safety, legislation relating to the use of veterinary medicines, signs of health and ill health in various species, safe and correct procedures for administering veterinary medicines, the procedures for monitoring the animal’s response and the actions taken in the case of an emergency.
The assessment has two parts. Knowledge is assessed by an online computer test (evolve). Practical knowledge is assessed with a one-to-one practical assessment to cover the practices involved with storing and administering veterinary medicines.
Learners can progress to the Level 3 Award in Planning and Supervising the Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines. Derby College Group also offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Agricultural contractor Tom Longdon says Derby College convinced him to stay in farming - and made it possible for him to afford essential qualifications. The 20-year-old took Agriculture at Level 2 and 3 at Broomfield Hall, while also passing five separate industry competency qualifications. From a farming background, Tom turned to Derby College after a job he had lined up as an apprentice mechanic fell through just days before he was due to start.
His time at college gave him an insight into the "big world of work" including a valuable business module at Level 3. The training helped Tom, 20, launch his agricultural contracting business in 2015, while still at college, and he "kicked it off properly" last year. His dad has health problems and Tom also works on the 450 acre family beef farm at Trowell, Nottinghamshire. Tom said the correct qualifications and paperwork were essential in modern day farming and he was only able to afford to gain them through college.
Derby College made me want to carry on farming and made it possible for me get my 'tickets' (NPTC competence qualifications).
For instance, I'd looked into training for the telehandler (boom lift) and it would have cost £1,000.
I wouldn't have been able to do it. But through the college, it cost £120 in total to sit the test. For most of your 'tickets', you get training as part of the course but you have to pay for be the test. It's a substantial saving.
You have to get all your paperwork and tickets to get the best jobs.