Animal care and welfare apprentice

Animal Care and Welfare

This course would suit you if you want to work in the animal care industry and you want to develop practical skills in animal care. Learners can gain an Animal Care & Welfare Assistant level 2 Apprenticeship Standard. Study programmes available in this area.

What will I study?

There are three key areas of study, Core Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. You will study these plus choose a specific pathway depending on your job role and interests. You will also complete a portfolio, complete Level 1 functional skills in English and Maths (unless exempt) or Level 2 functional skills tests in English and Maths (unless exempt)

Core knowledge, skills and behaviours


You learn about Legislation, Health & Safety, Maintenance of Accommodation, Exercise and Enrichment, Control & Restraint, Feeding, Customer Care, Animal First Aid


You will put into practice, Legislation, Health & Safety, Maintenance of Accommodation, Exercise and Enrichment, Control & Restraint, Feeding, Customer Care, Animal First Aid


You will look at safe working, work ethic, team work, responsibility, communication and professionalism

Optional pathway units
  • Animal Interaction and Handling
  • Rehoming
  • Movement & Transport
  • Operational/reception
  • Working Dog Handler
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Veterinary Care Support
  • Breeding
End point assessment

Once you have completed your portfolio, Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and English, have undertaken Level 2 Functional Skills tests in English and Maths, and have completed a minimum of 12 months of training you will be able to move forward to take the End Point Assessment and complete your Apprenticeship, this could take up to 18 months.

What can I do after this apprenticeship?

+ Trainer in kennels
+ Trainer in catteries
+ Fundraising Manager for an animal protection charity
+ Zookeeper

What qualifications (will I get)?

An intermediate Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2

Functional Skills: Apprentices without level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment

How will I be assessed?

By an End Point Assessment (EPA) this is series of tests an apprentice must take to prove their ability to do the job they have been training for. These tests take place at the end of an apprenticeship following a period of training and development often referred to as the ‘on-programme’ period.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need employment at a DART approved animal care establishment e.g. kennels, catteries, rescue centres or pet shops or zoo.

What can I do after this training course?

Students may find that this qualification helps them to progress in their present employment. They can also progress to the level 3 work based diploma (Advanced Apprenticeship) provided that they meet the entry criteria and have successfully completed their level 2 workbased programme.

Got a question about this course?

Call the Apprenticeships Team on 01332 216640 or email

We make every effort to ensure this course information is accurate. However, we reserve the right to make alterations.

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