Nursing assistants in a veterinary environment apprenticeship

Nursing assistants in a veterinary environment apprenticeship

The Nursing Assistants in a Veterinary Environment apprenticeship deals with the daily care of animals within a veterinary environment.

Although the work will be mainly around domestic animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and caged birds, there may be other animals that will require care, including exotic species such as reptiles which are increasingly popular as pets. A Nursing Assistant in a Veterinary Environment apprentice can be employed by any veterinary practice, or centre with a veterinary clinic. All work undertaken as an apprentice will be under the direction of a veterinary surgeon and is subject to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

As an apprentice, you’ll assist veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons and learn how to maintain the health and welfare of animal patients, including cleaning, feeding, handling and exercise. You will also learn about the codes of practice and will need to keep up to date with changes in the industry.

It is important to note that apprentices completing this apprenticeship will not become a veterinary nurse upon completion but this apprenticeship could allow progression onto the Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship subject to meeting the entry requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting salary:


Job roles:

Animal nursing assistant, Veterinary care assistant

Issuing Authority:

Lantra –

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