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“Cleaning, feeding, handling and grooming animals on a daily basis”

This apprenticeship is designed to develop your existing knowledge of animals and veterinary services so that you can train to become a registered veterinary nurse. You’ll join a veterinary care team as a veterinary care or animal nursing assistant and will care for animals on a daily basis, including cleaning, feeding, handling and grooming. Assistants work mainly with domestic animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits, although they may also work with other animals including exotic species such as reptiles and birds, which are becoming increasingly popular as pets. Animal health and welfare is extremely important, ensuring that the appropriate care is given to animals at all times.

Duration: 15 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but relevant experience would be advantageous

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

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

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