Animal care apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the animal care sector.

This apprenticeship offers the chance to work with the health, welfare, handling and supervision of small animals. You could find yourself working in many settings and with a range of different animals.

Training opportunities

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
  • maintaining a clean and safe working environment

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of animal care apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • animal/dog groomer
  • pet shop assistant
  • animal care assistant
  • dog handler (Uniformed Forces)
  • animal boarding assistant

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • zoo/animal keeper
  • dog groomer
  • animal/dog trainer
  • dog warden
  • animal management technician

On the advanced level apprenticeship it’s likely that you’ll 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.

Apply for an animal care apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education
Published 12 April 2012