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“Working in many settings with a range of different animals, focusing on their health and welfare”

Animal care tends to deal with the health, welfare, handling and supervision of small animals. It’s a dedicated profession, as animals need to be looked after 365 days per year. As an apprentice, you’ll be able to work in many settings and with a range of different animals. Your apprenticeship will vary depending on your employer, but you could learn about health checking; basic animal training; transporting animals; feeding, watering and exercising animals; advising customers and owners; or maintaining a clean and safe working environment. The animal care intermediate and advanced apprenticeships offer several different routes, potentially preparing you to become an animal care assistant, pet shop/retail assistant, dog groomer, dog warden, zoo/animal keeper and pet shop manager. Whichever role you choose to go for as an apprentice, you’ll work with animals on a daily basis.

Duration: 18 to 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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