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Animal technology apprenticeships

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

This apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to care for animals that will be used in medical, veterinary and dental research. You’ll make sure they’re well kept, in an environment that meets the standard demanded of the testing, as well as being as humane as possible.

Research using animals provides us with information about drugs and treatments that we couldn’t get by other means.

Training opportunities

Your job will depend on the lab that you work for. There are many different breeds of animal that are used in testing and they all need different care. You’ll be trained in animal technology (also known as ‘animal husbandry’) and be given basic scientific training.

Type of apprenticeship

This is an intermediate level apprenticeship. You’ll be expected to:

  • care for animals, feeding and watering them etc
  • deliver basic treatments
  • collect samples
  • maintain their accommodation, making sure cages are clean etc.

Apply for an animal technology apprenticeship

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

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education