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 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. Animal Care and Welfare Assistants must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to work irregular hours in all weather conditions. They must maintain safe working practices and take responsibility for themselves, animals and others.
Typical job roles include: kennel/cattery assistant; animal technician, animal welfare assistant; animal day care assistant; animal collection officer; wildlife rehabilitation assistant; pet retail assistant, animal handler, veterinary care assistant, farm park assistant.
You will need to achieve the core skills and knowledge, behaviours and one option from the following list:
Animal Interaction and Handling, Rehoming; Movement and Transportation; Operational/Reception Duties; Breeding; Working Dog Handler; Wildlife Rehabilitation, Veterinary Care Support.
Entry Requirements: GCSE grade C/4 or above in English, mathematics and science is preferred but not essential. Apprentices with lower grades will need to study towards Functional Skills in English and Maths during their programme.
Duration: Minimum 12 months, typically 18 months