The Course

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

Your role is to care for animals and their specific needs, meeting animal care and welfare legislation. Your job 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.

  • What You Study

    • 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
  • Entry Requirements

    Appropriate employment in the animal industry. It is preferable candidates have a minimum GCSE grade D/3 in English and Maths.

  • How you're assessed

    The apprenticeship has an end point assessment (EPA) and is graded pass or distinction.

  • Progession

    You may progress to a higher-level course at the college. You may be offered a higher-level role e.g. assistant supervisor, in your workplace.

  • Careers

    Typical careers include; kennel/cattery assistant, animal technician, animal day care assistant, pet retail assistant, veterinary care, zoo keeper or wildlife park assistant.

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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