Animal Care Training
The most precious commodity you can offer any animal care employer is practical experience. You can collect as many certificates as you like but if you have never wormed a cat, handled an injured animal, whelped a bitch, dog groomed at an international show, or cleaned out and disinfected kennels, then it is very hard to understand the different situations you can find yourself in. Animals don't read books so they don't always react how you would expect them to.
Under the Work Based Diploma and Apprenticeship schemes a more practical based approach to qualifications is available for people who are serious about gaining experience in the workplace. You can't achieve these qualifications by answering some questions or writing essays - you can only get them by showing you have actually carried something out up to a national standard.
(Work Based Diplomas were previously known as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). They are still supported by City & Guilds/NPTC and have the same fundamental structure.)