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City & Guilds NPTC Award in the Safe use of Veterinary Medicines


This qualification is essential for anyone wishing to administer medicines to cattle.

Work with veterinary medicines should only be undertaken by competent persons who have received adequate instruction, information and training.  If you need to administer medicines to animals (oral, topical and subcutaneous treatments) then this qualification will help you gain the skills you need.  This course can lead to the achievement of a National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Veterinary Medicine which will be endorsed according to the animals with which the candidate is assessed.   More information on this can be found on the assessment schedule on the NPTC website.

Course Content:

  • Comply with current, relevant health and safety legislation
  • Follow an animal health management plan
  • Administer a range of veterinary medicine types, safely and humanely
  • Store and transport veterinary medicines correctly
  • Maintain the health of user, public and animals
  • Dispose of unwanted veterinary medicines safely
  • Record the use of veterinary medicines
  • Prevent unnecessary pain and distress to animals
  • Identify signs of health and ill-health in animals

The NPTC assessment will be in 3 parts:

  • Safely store and administer veterinary medicines practices
  • Principals of storing and administering veterinary medicines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and products of veterinary medicines

Unit 1 is assessed by a one-to-one oral questioning and observation of practical performance by an NPTC qualified assessor. Units 2 and 3 are assessed via a computer based multiple choice examination. Throughout the assessment a high emphasis is placed on animal welfare which will underpin the whole of this qualification.

Endorsement of Certificate:

Bearing in mind the wide spectrum of animals to whom veterinary medicines are administered the Award will be endorsed in the context of group / species with which the Candidate is assessed. At the College we deliver the course based on administering medicines to cattle so this is what your certificate will show. If, however, you will be working with different animals please let us know as it may be possible to accommodate your requirements within the course.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400