Animal care and welfare assistant

Animal care and welfare assistant

“Looking after the routine day-to-day care of domestic and/or wild animals”

Animal care and welfare assistants work 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, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals. You’ll need a strong work ethic to carry out the animal care and welfare role, and be prepared to work irregular hours in all weather conditions. You’ll learn to maintain safe working practices and take responsibility for yourself, animals and others. This apprenticeship will allow you to specialise, depending on the type of role you take on and your employer. These include: animal interaction and handling, rehoming; movement and transportation; operational/reception duties; breeding; working dog handler; and 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

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

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum