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Animal Care & Welfare Assistant (Apprenticeship Standard)

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

Veterinary Nursing (Apprenticeship Standard)

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction. Veterinary Nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) http://www.rcvs.org.uk/about-us/the-role-of-the-rcvs/

During this apprenticeship, you will cover the following knowledge:

Legislative compliance and regulatory requirements, Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice, Infection control in veterinary practice, Materials, equipment and resources, Veterinary Nursing Care, Emergency and critical care, Diagnostic techniques for veterinary nurses, Communication, Self-Management
 

Skills:Legislation affecting practice, Communication, Clinical skills, Self-Management, Professionalism
 

Behaviours: Work within legal and ethical limits, Accountability, Responsibility, Self-improvement

 

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs that must include Maths, English and Science of grade C/4 and above or equivalent.
 

Duration

Typically 30 – 36 months
 

Upon achieving this apprenticeship standard, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the RCVS

Equine Groom (Apprenticeship Standard)

Equine Groom apprentices can expect to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in “out of hours” situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role. 

You will use theoretical knowledge and understanding, practical experience and empathy to maintain the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment. This is a practical, “hands on” occupation where apprentices will work under supervision individually or as part of a diverse team.
The Equine Groom is an integral part in the life of the horse, providing essential day-to-day care. You will be involved with feeding, grooming, cleaning equipment, handling, preparing, exercising the horses and carrying out routine yard duties. You 
may also be required to assist with the preparation of, transport to and care for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances. Dependent on which sector of the industry is chosen, appropriate people skills will be essential.
 

You will need to decide in which sector of the industry you wish to progress in and select the appropriate occupational route out of: Breeding, Driving, Racing, Riding or Non-Riding.

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

Senior Equine Groom (Apprenticeship Standard)

A Senior Equine Groom can expect to handle and provide exercise for a variety of horses in different working environments. They must adhere to safe working practices, be prepared to work in all weather conditions and often in ‘out of hours’ situations. They will be required to have dedication, commitment and the physical and mental toughness to cope with the rigours of the role. 

The occupation requires competent individuals committed to the safety and welfare of horses in their care and will be capable of looking after a small to medium sized equine yard, supervising a diverse team of workers. They will be capable of offering advice, support and guidance to their team, whilst possessing appropriate people skills necessary for their chosen sector. They will be required to have a sound base of experience and knowledge and have the right empathy so as to promote the horses’ physical and psychological well-being within a safe working environment.
 

Senior Equine Grooms must have a sound knowledge of horse anatomy and physiology and the ability to assess and promote health. They will be able to recognise and treat common minor injuries and ailments and be capable of presenting horses to a high standard and can demonstrate the skills required to groom, plait and clip horses. Senior Equine Grooms may have the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally, preparing and caring for horses at competitions, the races, sales, shows and other public appearances. Apprentices will need to decide in which sector of the industry they wish to be progress and select the appropriate occupational route from Breeding, Driving, Racing, Riding, Non Riding

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                       

Typically 18-24 months

Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Animal Care (Apprenticeship Framework)

Show that you have the skills to work effectively with animals with a diploma in Work-based Animal Care.

This qualification covers the skills you need to work in dog grooming.

This level is ideal if you have some knowledge and you want to prove your competence in your role, likely to help you move from a junior to senior position. You may also be looking for a qualification to prepare you for progression to Level 3 qualifications.

 

Animal Care Level 2 Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to enter the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal Care, however, there are qualifications or experience that will help learners understand the sector prior to starting:

  • Voluntary experience within the animal care industry Have previously worked in, or are currently working within, the industry

  • Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care

  • Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care

  • Level 1 Award in Practical Small Animal Skills

  • Level 1 Certificate in Practical Small Animal Skills Units taken as part of foundation learning

  • GCSEs/A levels.

 

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Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Animal Care (Apprenticeship Framework)

Show that you have the skills to work effectively with animals with a diploma in Work-based Animal Care.

This qualification covers the skills you need to work in

  • animal welfare,

  • dog grooming,

  • pet care and retail.

 

This level is ideal if you've worked in animal care for some time.  You have plenty of experience, and you want to show that you have the skills you need to do your job well.  This may be part of your professional development, or preparation for higher-level training.

Animal Care Level 3 Entry Requirements

The animal care industry wants the entry requirements for the Advanced Apprenticeship to be flexible, so therefore has suggested that one of the following should be completed:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care

  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care

  • Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

  • Level 2 Certificate in Practical Animal Care

  • Level 2 Certificate in Animal Care

  • Practical experience within the animal care industry

  • 3 GCSEs (A*-C) /A levels

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Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking

If you are looking for a career within the animal care industry, then this is qualification is aimed at you. Working with animals is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours, with dedication and enthusiasm for the role.

 

This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old or over. You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a competent dog walker. You could also progress to further learning and training in this area.

Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking Level 2 Entry Requirements

No Formal Qualifications are required

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Level 2 Certificate of Technical Competence in Pet Sitting

If you are looking for a career within the animal care industry, then this is qualification is aimed at you. Working with animals is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours, with dedication and enthusiasm for the role.

You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a pet sitter. Pet sitting can involve looking after a wide range of animals to include cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, through exotics, pet pigs, chickens, sheep or goats, for example. You could also progress to further learning and training in this area.

Certificate of Technical Competence in Pet Sitting Level 2 Entry Requirements

No Formal Qualifications are required

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