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Animal Care Apprenticeships

UK households are home to 7.4 million cats, 8.5 million dogs and countless fish and other small pets, according to RSPCA figures, while nearly a billion farm animals are reared each year, showing the scale of opportunity to work in animal care jobs.

An animal care apprenticeship is a fantastic way to set out on a career in this very hands-on industry, combining learning with real-world work experience and a placement at one of the region’s top animal care employers.

In our Urban Farm we have 26 different species of animals from small domestic animals, reptiles and farm livestock.  This makes us the number one choice to learn and train in the animal care industry as learners gain first-hand experience from highly experienced and inspirational tutors.

What is an animal care apprenticeship?

An animal care apprenticeship covers aspects of animal handling, along with essential issues relating to their care and welfare, like accommodation, nutrition and feeding – and the higher level you study, the more specific and detailed the training gets

Like all apprenticeships, you would be employed and receive additional learning and teaching, and together these count towards a qualification based largely on practical assessment and assignments, rather than on written exams.

What qualifications will I get?

By the end of your apprenticeship, you will qualify for an NVQ that can be used to support job applications, access to higher level apprenticeships or even count towards a university application.

The level of NVQ you receive will depend on the level of your apprenticeship – ProCo study programmes can help you to quickly progress to a higher level, and some of our trainees pass through several levels in the space of just a couple of years.

With ProCo you can choose from two levels of animal care apprenticeships:

Both levels have a choice of 4 apprenticeships:

  • Pet care & Retail
  • Animal Care & Welfare
  • Dog Grooming
  • Training

What are the benefits of an animal care apprenticeship?

It seems obvious to say that learning to work with animals should involve actual contact with animals, but with some academic courses this is not necessarily the case. Apprenticeships in animal care are different.

You learn in a hands-on way, gaining experience by actually caring for animals in a real workplace, while also working towards your qualification. In a sense this gives you a head start by allowing you to list both the qualification and the experience on your CV, so that you do not face finding your first job with no relevant experience. Read our range of animal care students stories to find out more.

More importantly, at ProCo we have our own working farm which is available to you!

How do I apply?

We welcome all applications and expressions of interest, whether you have experience or not – our courses are open to all, and we can help you to progress to a higher level apprenticeship too.

To apply, either fill in our online application form, or give us a call. A member of our team will be happy to talk through the options and help you to decide if an animal care apprenticeship is right for you.

Remember we also offer veterinary nurse apprenticeships as well as study programmes, so there’s likely to be a ProCo course to suit all tastes.