Animal care and welfare assistant apprenticeship

Look after the routine day-to-day care of domestic and/or wild animals

Animal care and welfare assistants look after the routine day-to-day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. The work you do within an animal care and welfare assistant apprenticeship is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as kennels and catteries, laboratories, animal welfare centres, farm parks, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals. In this role, you must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to work irregular hours and in all weather conditions. You must maintain safe working practices and take responsibility for yourself, the animals and others. A number of options are available in this apprenticeship, including: animal interaction and handling; rehoming; movement and transportation; operational/reception duties; breeding; working dog handler; wildlife rehabilitation; and veterinary care support.


Duration: 12 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but relevant experience is likely to be advantageous for an animal care and welfare assistant apprenticeship

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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