Apprenticeship in Animal Care and Welfare
The animal care industry is growing and now includes a wide range of organisations including kennels and catteries, groomers, veterinary practices, doggy daycare, rescue centres, pet shops and farm parks. An animal care apprentice involves being employed within the industry and studying at the same time, gaining valuable practical skills and experience as well as a formally recognised qualification.
You will be supported by your allocated Animal Care Assessor and employer to work through your qualification. This includes accessing your course material via our virtual learning environment, online support and regular visits from your assessor to your place of work.
The apprenticeship qualification incorporates core skills, knowledge and behaviours and an optional module chosen to suit the environment you are working in. As an apprentice, you will compile a portfolio and a record of off the job training.
Core Skills and Knowledge
- Animal related legislation
- Animal health and welfare
- Animal first aid
- Animal Behaviour
- Anatomy and physiology
- Safe working
- Work ethic
Optional Modules (These will be dependent on their relevance with your employer)
- Animal interaction and handling
- Veterinary care and support
- Movement and transportation
- Operations/reception duties
- Working dog handler
- Wildlife rehabilitation
Typical completion time is 18 to 24 months
What are the entry requirements?
- You would normally be expected to have 4 GCSEs at grade E or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 1 or above.
- All applicants are offered a place subject to satisfactory interview and an initial assessment in maths and English.
Minimum Age: 16
How will I be assessed?
End Point Assessment comprising of a professional discussion and an observational examination - both based around the portfolio created by the apprentice.
What qualifications will I gain?
Level 2 Animal Care and Welfare Assistant
Telephone: 0800 032 1986