Animal trainer

Animal trainer

“An animal trainer plans manages delivers and reviews the training of animals they work with”

An animal trainer plans manages delivers and reviews the training of animals they work with, using positive, reward-based training methods and practices. This could include training the animal to undertake specific tasks, or more general training. As an apprentice, you’ll learn how to interact with animals, develop training plans to reinforce desirable behaviour and reduce undesirable ones, and review and evaluate training to ensure goals are met and plans continue to be appropriate. You’ll likely work irregular hours and in all weather conditions on this apprenticeship. You’ll need a professional approach to showing compassion, respect, patience and tolerance in all situations to people and animals. As an apprentice, you’ll be likely work in one of the following areas: zoo and safari parks, disability services, commercial training, audio-visual industry, animal obedience or animal behaviour.

Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Prior experience of working with animals

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree and above

Potential salary upon completion: £19,000 per annum