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Our courses

Our courses

Central College specialises in courses for the veterinary profession. Whether you want to progress your career as a veterinary surgeon with a postgraduate course, or if you aspire to be a veterinary or animal nurse, animal behaviourist, practice manager or dog groomer, we have a wide range of full and part-time courses for you.

Our courses are work-based, thereby combining learning with hands-on experience in a professional environment. From introductory courses to advanced qualifications, our comprehensive learning programmes aim to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge for successful employment in the veterinary industry.

Lastly, all courses are taught within modern, fully equipped, working veterinary practices, whereby students will benefit from being trained by highly supportive teaching staff.

For more information, please select a course option below.

Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Small Animal (DipVN)

The Diploma in Veterinary Nursing aims to prepare and support students for a career in veterinary nursing.

The key purposes of the qualification are:

  • to give students the ability to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to practice veterinary nursing, safely and competently
  • to allow students to grow as individuals and give them the chance to learn life skills essential for professional development

Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Equine (DipEVN)

The Diploma in Veterinary Nursing aims to prepare and support students for a career in veterinary nursing.

The key purposes of the qualification are:

  • to give students the ability to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to practice veterinary nursing, safely and competently
  • to allow students to grow as individuals and give them the chance to learn life skills essential for professional development

Diploma in Animal Nursing (DipAN)

The Diploma in Animal Nursing aims to prepare and support students for a career as an animal nurse.

The key aims of the qualification are:

  • to give students the ability to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work, safely and competently
  • to allow students to grow as individuals and give them the chance to learn life skills essential for working in a veterinary practice environment and other similar workplaces
  • to give students the confidence and ability to supervise areas of the veterinary practice environment and other similar workplaces
  • to provide a progression onto other qualifications and within employment

Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants (DipVNA)

The Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants aims to prepare and support students for a career as a veterinary nursing assistant.

The key aims of the qualification are:

  • to give students the ability to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work safely and competently
  • to allow students to grow as individuals and give them the chance to learn life skills essential for working in a veterinary practice environment
  • to provide a progression onto other qualifications or within employment

Diploma in Companion Animal Training

The Diploma in Companion Animal Training aims to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of companion animal training, enabling candidates to become competent and qualified animal trainers.

The course teaches and assesses the theoretical and practical application of animal training, including the ethology of companion animals, learning theory and its application in animal training, training and handling skills, as well as the study of animal law and ethics.

Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training

In continuation of the Diploma in Companion Animal Training, this advanced qualification has been developed to provide a sound theoretical knowledge of animal ethology in the keeping and training of a variety of companion animal species.

The Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training involves the study of human and family psychology, alongside animal anatomy, physiology, health and behaviour, in order to increase theoretical and practical knowledge of the physiological and psychological factors that affect the relationship between animal and owner.

Professional Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour

The Professional Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour is aimed at those with the responsibility for planning and managing humane approaches to inappropriate behaviour in animals and who have an extensive understanding of clinical animal behaviour and the related scientific/clinical literature.

The qualification has been developed to teach and assess the clinical application of the science of animal behaviour; that is, the modification of undesirable, inappropriate, problematic or dangerous behaviours, including those with a potential link to pathologies that require diagnosis in collaboration with a veterinary surgeon.

Pet Grooming

Pet grooming involves looking after all aspects of coat, skin care and appearance. Groomers are responsible for brushing, combing, bathing, shampooing, drying, clipping, stripping and trimming the dogs that come into grooming centres. It is a fun, hands-on role, ideally suited to someone with a practical disposition and great affection for animals.

The key purposes of the qualification are:

  • to give students the ability to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to groom animals safely and competently
  • to allow students to grow as individuals and give them the chance to learn life skills essential for professional development

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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