Animal care apprenticeship

Animal care apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in Animal Care 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.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:


Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Animal care assistant, Animal boarding assistant, Assistant dog/animal groomer, Pet shop assistant, Dog handler, Assistant zoo/animal keeper

Advanced Level – Animal boarding supervisor, Dog/animal groomer, Dog/animal trainer, Pet shop supervisor, Dog warden, Zoo/animal keeper

Issuing Authority:

Lantra –