Animal Care Apprenticeship Level 2

Duration: minimum of 12 months

Level 2 is the starting point for a career working with animals in a range of environments such as zoo’s, kennels, catteries, pet retail outlets and dog grooming parlours.

The role of an apprentice includes:

  • Promoting the health and well-being of animals in your care.
  • Delivering basic treatment to animals within the workplace.
  • Maintaining the animals’ accommodation and preparing their feed.
  • Learning to safely control and restrain the animals you are working with

 

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  • Maths and English

    Essential Skills is a mandatory part of apprenticeship programme in Wales if you have not achieved a GCSE grade of C or above or previously completed Essential Skills up to Level 2.

    Essential Skills are taken at Level 1 and at Level 2, Level 1 is taken as part of the Level 2 apprenticeship programme and Level 2 I undertaken as part of the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.

    These are split in to Communication and Application of Number and within each there is a Control Task and Confirmatory Test.

    The Control task is a controlled assessment undertaken in exam conditions in short periods of time across a 8 week time frame.

    The Confirmatory Test is a multiply choice paper of 30 questions.

    You would be prepared for both elements of the Essential Skills by your Trainer-Coach.

  • Entry requirements, eligibility and employment

    Entry requirements and eligibility

    • Not to have achieved a Foundation or Degree, NVQ 4 or higher.
    • Not be in full time Education; School, College, University or on another Apprenticeship.
    • There is no upper age limit, however if you are aged above 20 years old you must have been within your current role no longer than 12 months.

     

    Employment 

    • Employed (PAYE) by the employer (not self-employed) and paid a minimum of £3.90 per hour.
    • Hold a current employment contract – to include: holiday pay, wage, etc.
    • Working at least 16 hours per week, maximum of 38 for anyone under 18 years old and a maximum of 48 hours for anyone over 18 years old.
  • Teaching, learning and assessment

    You will be regularly assessed in the workplace by your Trainer- Coaches with testimonies from your Employer/Trainer. Case studies, pictures/videos and some written assignments/workbooks may also be used by your Assessor to check your knowledge and understanding.

  • What are the next steps in your career ?

    he next step is to complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship either with your current employer or with a new employer.

    If you want to move across into a different discipline or into Racehorse Care our Recruitment team can help you apply for apprenticeship vacancies we already have.

    The equine industry is vast. In your career with horses there’ll be scope to move up the ladder, across disciplines and it can even take you abroad.

    Take a look at our Animal Care Career Path!

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    If ordering on the website please ensure that you enter the unique code which will be emailed to you when setting up your account. This will be in the first email.

    Please note the 10% discount for Christies is only valid for 6 months after you sign up.

     

     

Pathways

There are six pathways you can take depending on the type of employer you start an apprenticeship with. You’ll need to demonstrate the required knowledge and skills at each level to complete the one you choose.

Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day to day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. The work is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as kennels and catteries, laboratories, animal welfare centres, farm parks, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals. The more specific pathways that can be chosen are as follows;

This is the preparation of animals for interaction/handling, you will learn to recognise signs which indicate mental and physical condition of the animal in response to handling/interactions.

You learn how to accurately assessing animal behaviour and welfare, know the importance of positive reinforcement to the animal and be able to apply techniques which take into account the animal’s welfare and emotional well-being such as positive reinforcement.

You will monitor, report and record processes relating to animal responses and animal welfare during interaction and handling.

 

You will learn and gain an understanding of all the legal requirements relating to the movement and transportation of animals.  This will depend on the different animals’ requirements, for example life stage, internal and external environmental factors, climate control and noise

The preparation required for the movement and/or transportation of animals is a key part of this course, using the appropriate equipment and methods to move and transport animals for example barriers, caging and restraint.  You will learn how to monitoring the physical and emotional health and welfare of animals during and after movement and transportation

You will be able to:

  1. Prepare means of transport appropriate for animals, ensuring serviceability and cleanliness
  2. Prepare animals for movement and/or transportation taking into consideration their welfare
  3. Use of appropriate equipment and methods to move and transport animals ensuring their safety and security
  4. Monitor the physical and emotional health and welfare of animals during and after movement and transportation
  5. Identify route and contingency plans

During this course you will learn

  • The differences between treating and interacting with domestic and wildlife species. 
  • The rehabilitation policies and procedures including the need to record the specific location, date and time of collection of wildlife.
  • The principles of releasing rehabilitated animals and post release monitoring
  • The basic legal and ethical implications pertaining to wildlife rehabilitation and transport
  • Knowledge of legislation and licences specific to wildlife rehabilitation
  • Abnormal behaviours in relation to stereotypic and imprinting the principles and procedures in relation to orphan wildlife species hand rearing legislation and methods for identification of wildlife pre-release and for post-release monitoring

You will be able to:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills statement Assessment method
  • Respond to collection requests
  • Identify wild animals that are suitable for rehabilitation and release
  • Plan and undertake rehabilitation for release into the wild
  • Capture and handle healthy and casualty wild animals
  • Move and transport wild animals appropriately
  • Release and monitor wild animals as appropriate
  • Carry out the hand rearing of wildlife species
  • Identify a range of different species (wildlife) or breeds (domestic) in order to understand the behavioural and ecological needs of the animal as well as be aware of the potential risks it may pose

During this course you will learn

  • Common medical, behavioural and surgical care requirements
  • The principles of care and related procedures and how to deal with these
  • Clinical parameters of common species seen in a veterinary environment
  • Legislation and limitations in relation to role and responsibilities in a clinical environment
  • Legislation in relation to the dispensing and administering of medication
  • End of life care processes, procedures and support
  • How to deal with emotional customers/clients

You will be able to:

  1. Veterinary Care Skills statement Assessment method
  2. Dealing with potential and actual emergency situations
  3. Carry out pre and post-operative care
  4. Carry out patient monitoring for example anaesthetic monitoring
  5. Deliver in-patient care
  6. Diagnostic care/tests/X-rays – positioning and exposing
  7. The dispensing and administration of medication
  8. End of life care for pets and providing support for the owner

This pathway will teach you the styling needs for a variety of dog breeds, how to read their range of behaviours, as well as helping you recognise basic health issues.

You’ll be trained to work with both cats and dogs and to use a range of equipment for bathing, drying and grooming to a professional standard.

If choosing this pathway, it will form part of the Foundation Apprenticeship Framework. It will reflect the skills and knowledge needed to be a Dog Groomers assistant. The Level 2 qualification is highly recommended before progressing onto the Level 3 one as you need to learn the basics of the practical dog grooming e.g. bathing, grooming, welfare before going onto the styling at level 3.

 

 

  • Animal Care and Welfare

    Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day to day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under guidance in a variety of different settings. The work is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as kennels and catteries, laboratories, animal welfare centres, farm parks, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals. The more specific pathways that can be chosen are as follows;

  • Animal Interaction and Handling

    This is the preparation of animals for interaction/handling, you will learn to recognise signs which indicate mental and physical condition of the animal in response to handling/interactions.

    You learn how to accurately assessing animal behaviour and welfare, know the importance of positive reinforcement to the animal and be able to apply techniques which take into account the animal’s welfare and emotional well-being such as positive reinforcement.

    You will monitor, report and record processes relating to animal responses and animal welfare during interaction and handling.

     

  • Movement and transport

    You will learn and gain an understanding of all the legal requirements relating to the movement and transportation of animals.  This will depend on the different animals’ requirements, for example life stage, internal and external environmental factors, climate control and noise

    The preparation required for the movement and/or transportation of animals is a key part of this course, using the appropriate equipment and methods to move and transport animals for example barriers, caging and restraint.  You will learn how to monitoring the physical and emotional health and welfare of animals during and after movement and transportation

    You will be able to:

    1. Prepare means of transport appropriate for animals, ensuring serviceability and cleanliness
    2. Prepare animals for movement and/or transportation taking into consideration their welfare
    3. Use of appropriate equipment and methods to move and transport animals ensuring their safety and security
    4. Monitor the physical and emotional health and welfare of animals during and after movement and transportation
    5. Identify route and contingency plans
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation

    During this course you will learn

    • The differences between treating and interacting with domestic and wildlife species. 
    • The rehabilitation policies and procedures including the need to record the specific location, date and time of collection of wildlife.
    • The principles of releasing rehabilitated animals and post release monitoring
    • The basic legal and ethical implications pertaining to wildlife rehabilitation and transport
    • Knowledge of legislation and licences specific to wildlife rehabilitation
    • Abnormal behaviours in relation to stereotypic and imprinting the principles and procedures in relation to orphan wildlife species hand rearing legislation and methods for identification of wildlife pre-release and for post-release monitoring

    You will be able to:

    • Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills statement Assessment method
    • Respond to collection requests
    • Identify wild animals that are suitable for rehabilitation and release
    • Plan and undertake rehabilitation for release into the wild
    • Capture and handle healthy and casualty wild animals
    • Move and transport wild animals appropriately
    • Release and monitor wild animals as appropriate
    • Carry out the hand rearing of wildlife species
    • Identify a range of different species (wildlife) or breeds (domestic) in order to understand the behavioural and ecological needs of the animal as well as be aware of the potential risks it may pose
  • Veterinary care support

    During this course you will learn

    • Common medical, behavioural and surgical care requirements
    • The principles of care and related procedures and how to deal with these
    • Clinical parameters of common species seen in a veterinary environment
    • Legislation and limitations in relation to role and responsibilities in a clinical environment
    • Legislation in relation to the dispensing and administering of medication
    • End of life care processes, procedures and support
    • How to deal with emotional customers/clients

    You will be able to:

    1. Veterinary Care Skills statement Assessment method
    2. Dealing with potential and actual emergency situations
    3. Carry out pre and post-operative care
    4. Carry out patient monitoring for example anaesthetic monitoring
    5. Deliver in-patient care
    6. Diagnostic care/tests/X-rays – positioning and exposing
    7. The dispensing and administration of medication
    8. End of life care for pets and providing support for the owner
  • Dog Grooming

    This pathway will teach you the styling needs for a variety of dog breeds, how to read their range of behaviours, as well as helping you recognise basic health issues.

    You’ll be trained to work with both cats and dogs and to use a range of equipment for bathing, drying and grooming to a professional standard.

    If choosing this pathway, it will form part of the Foundation Apprenticeship Framework. It will reflect the skills and knowledge needed to be a Dog Groomers assistant. The Level 2 qualification is highly recommended before progressing onto the Level 3 one as you need to learn the basics of the practical dog grooming e.g. bathing, grooming, welfare before going onto the styling at level 3.

     

     

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