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    Hi all,

    Newbie here so please bear with me.

    I'm hoping to change career. I've got 3 small children (none at school currently, ages 4, 2 and 1) and I don't really have the time or money to commit to going to college. I would love to do animal care, with the eventual aim of going on to do veterinary nursing once the kids are in school. I hope to take on some voluntary work at some point soon (possibly from September once eldest starts school) but without some knowledge and study I don't think people will take me seriously.

    I would therefore like to try to complete an Animal Nursing assistant qualification in my spare time, but I can't seem to find one that I trust. Can anyone recommend one that would be worth the fee? Stonebridge and a lot of other top google hits offer it but no-one I know IRL has any experience of any of them. My Mum did a Stonebridge course years ago in Indian Head massage and she found it easy but she never used it.

    All help gratefully received.
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    This probably not going to be hugely helpfully- Last year I paid for a course with oxford distance learning, and I wouldn't recommend it. I did Business so no coursework or anything. I think for something as hands on as your course I think it would be worthwhile paying out for a proper college course ( however saying that I don't know the difference in price this is)- even if it is part time. As you'll spend upwards of £200 ( cheapest) and I found I didn't get a great service at all and it's so independent I could have brought a book and taught myself the same thing. However saying that it's a completely different course.. That probably hasn't helped in the slightest! But anyway good luck with whatever you do decide and I hope you get your qualification!
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    (Original post by frankie342)
    this probably not going to be hugely helpfully- last year i paid for a course with oxford distance learning, and i wouldn't recommend it. I did business so no coursework or anything. I think for something as hands on as your course i think it would be worthwhile paying out for a proper college course ( however saying that i don't know the difference in price this is)- even if it is part time. As you'll spend upwards of £200 ( cheapest) and i found i didn't get a great service at all and it's so independent i could have brought a book and taught myself the same thing. However saying that it's a completely different course.. That probably hasn't helped in the slightest! But anyway good luck with whatever you do decide and i hope you get your qualification!
    hi frankie... I am about to start a course next month in june... With odl. Do you have any advice for me... Do you think i should join. I need the a levels very badly.... So what do you think as you have already been their customer/student???
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    They're not awful, probably just wasn't right for me! Luckily I haven't needed to do the A-level so I haven't actually taken the exam now( got into uni without it). I think you just have to be very prepared- I'd look into looking at schools/colleges where you can take the exams now for next January or June and ask them how much the exams will roughly be as thats another added factor that odl don't help with at all. Also if you have coursework with odl i think you have to pay to have it marked and pay for predicted grades etc but i think a tutor/ they will be able to inform you more on that!
    Also it is all computerized, you can;t print anything off and you can't save it and i found it hard scrolling down to page whatever when i next came to look, and its not as practical as i imagined it would be. The content of the work was good but for me i bought a recommended book from amazon for like £20 which had exact same content. So really it depends on the course you're doing! Business is pretty standard and its something i've learnt from a book- however animal nursing is more vocational and hands on so I'd imagine you'd get good content and a more specialist tutor! Plus you have kids, and so this would probably be a nice break from the, and a more convenient way for you too learn.
    For me it was a waste of £200 as I didn't once speak to a tutor, and I found i got migraines from looking at a computer screen to long but couldn't afford another £65 for a paper based copy from them. Plus then all the cost of the exams etc, but that was because I maybe hadn't researched enough. If you have the money and time to invest in it, and I can tell you're motivated then it might be the right course for you, but do take into account all the extra's, and I really would try and get that volunteering or maybe go to your local vets and see what they say, such are there apprenticeships etc they could recommend?
    Sorry that's long winded, I hope that helps! Basically it's personal choice, and learning style!
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    I can imagine that, say, bookkeeping can sensibly be learnt by distance. Animal nursing would necessarily seem more hands-on.

    How on earth your dear mum learnt 'Indian Head Massage' is a bit of a head-scratcher.
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    I'm sure you have already checked but have you looked to see if the ou do one yet

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    (Original post by Frankie342)
    This probably not going to be hugely helpfully- Last year I paid for a course with oxford distance learning, and I wouldn't recommend it. I did Business so no coursework or anything. I think for something as hands on as your course I think it would be worthwhile paying out for a proper college course ( however saying that I don't know the difference in price this is)- even if it is part time. As you'll spend upwards of £200 ( cheapest) and I found I didn't get a great service at all and it's so independent I could have brought a book and taught myself the same thing. However saying that it's a completely different course.. That probably hasn't helped in the slightest! But anyway good luck with whatever you do decide and I hope you get your qualification!
    That is hugely helpful, because stopping anybody from using Oxford Distance Learning is basically saving them from wasting their money.

    I started four A levels with them, and I cannot possible stress how disgracefully poor they are. Spend £100 more and use the National Extension College. With Oxford, you are literally better off buying all the books and studying without them. It would take me all day to write all the problems with them but I am happy to do so if you want.

    Just don't go near them. I have been more than happy since switching to the NEC. Home study can be fun. You have all the materials easily available; the books, the past papers, the full syllabus, but it is nice to have assignments set and a teacher to bounce ideas off. Just don't make it an Oxford one.
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    Hi,

    Just wondered did you get any further with this?
    I currently work full time but want to change my career into veterinary and want to try and find something part time.

    Thanks
 
 
 
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