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Level 2 Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

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Animal Management


Level 2

Study Mode



1 - 1.5 years

Start Date

Any Time

The course

Are you passionate about a career working with animals and ready for employment? This apprenticeship could be ideal for you.

As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours for the animal industry. You will earn a wage and be given time away from work to study during your working week.

Your role will be to care for animals and their specific needs, meeting animal care and welfare legislation. It will involve manual labour and provide customer service.

You need to be highly enthusiastic, have a strong work ethic, be self-motivated and have the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. You may have to work irregular hours.

Course Information

  • Help you to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for employment and future career progression within the animal industry.
  • Health, bio-security and welfare legislation
  • Animal anatomy and physiology
  • Basic reproduction and obstetrics
  • Animal first aid and medication
  • Animal behaviours and their changing needs at different life stages
  • Animal accommodation and environments
  • Preparing and providing food, water and nutrition
  • Approach, handle and restraining animals
  • Exercise and socialise animals including enrichment
  • Customer service

You will need:

Appropriate employment in the animal industry

Preferably, you will have GCSE English and Maths at a minimum of grade 3/D

Delivery of knowledge, skills and behaviours through theory and practical-based lessons. On occasion some lessons may be delviered online to support your learning and progress.

You will be released from wok one day per week to attend college.

As you will be employed within the industry, you will work 30-40 hours per week.
You will be assessed through an end point assessment (EPA) and graded pass or distinction. Please note that the duration does not include the EPA.
  • Stationery such as pens, paper.
  • Electronic device such as a laptop to access our online learning environment.
  • Kennel coat and steel toe-capped boots.
You may progress to a higher-level course at the college or be offered a higher-level role, e.g. assistant supervisor, in your workplace.
Typical careers include: Kennel/cattery assistant, animal technician, animal day care assistant, pet retail assistant, veterinary care, zoo keeper or wildlife park assistant.

Careers this course could lead into

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