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Animal Care

Apprentice looking after a cat at the Greenfiels Kennels

This Apprenticeship is perfect for anyone wishing to work with animals. Many consider work in the animal care industry as one of the most fulfilling roles within the land-based sector, offering opportunities from working in large kennels and catteries to training guide dogs for the blind and dog handling within the armed forces.

Generally, work in this industry deals with the health, welfare, handling and supervision of small animals – whether that’s working in a zoo or wildlife park, or for the RSPCA. It’s a dedicated profession, as animals need to be looked after 365 days a year.

As an apprentice, you could find yourself working in many settings and with a range of different animals. You could be grooming dogs; looking after animals in a pet shop, kennel or cattery; assisting the breeding of pedigree animals; training guide dogs; or even taking care of exotic animals in a zoo or wildlife park.

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.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship it is likely that you will take on more of a specialised or supervisory role and be involved in planning various activities. Particular health and safety training may be required for different areas of work.

No matter what type of animal you encounter on this Apprenticeship, they will all need the skilled attention of devoted and well-trained staff. 


Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Animal/Dog groomer
  • Pet shop assistant/Retail assistant
  • Animal care assistant
  • Dog handler (Uniformed Forces)
  • Animal boarding assistant

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Zoo/animal keeper
  • Dog groomer
  • Animal/dog trainer
  • Dog warden
  • Animal management technician


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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The Salary

Starting salary (once qualified): £10,000 - £14,000

The Level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

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