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Animal Care & Welfare Assistant - Level 2 Apprenticeship

Writtle University College
Course summary
12-18 months
Next available date: October 2021 - Chelmsford
Course Dates
October 2021

February 2022

Course description

Animal Care & Welfare Assistant - Level 2 Apprenticeship

Writtle University College are excited to be rolling out the new Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship Standard, which has been specifically designed by employers to meet the needs of industry and provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in your industry.

The Apprenticeship provides a blend of practical hands on experience with the underpinning knowledge. At the end of the Apprenticeship you will be required to complete an independent End-Point Assessment to prove you have gained the required skills to achieve the Apprenticeship.

Suitability - Who should attend?

If you do not have a GCSE Grade 4 (C Grade) in Maths and English you will complete Functional Skills in English and Maths or there is the option to study for Maths and English GCSE (depending on previous qualifications).

Training Course Content

Depending on where you employed, there are two different pathways: Animal Care or the Veterinary Care Support route.

Examples of some of the topics you may cover (depending on pathway):

  • UK and EU Animal related legislation
  • Current legislation, policies, procedures, guidelines, Codes of Practice and ethics relevant to the workplace and the health and welfare of animals
  • The species/breeds specific to your role and common characteristics
  • Signs that indicate potential problems with animals’ health and welfare and the actions that should be taken
  • Medication types, administering medication, safe handling and disposal of medication
  • Animal first aid, urgent, ongoing and preventive care
  • Accommodation and environment requirements that are suitable and safe for animals
  • The use of different cleaning materials and equipment
  • Feeding, watering and basic nutrition and characteristics of foodstuffs
  • How to safely approach/handle/restrain/move animals
  • The behaviours of the animal, applicable to the species and how it impacts its care and welfare
  • Animal behaviour
  • Methods required to meet the animals’ need for enrichment/exercise opportunities, appropriate to species and individual animal
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Basic reproduction and obstetrics and reproductive behaviour, including neutering
  • The importance of the human and animal bond
  • The changing needs of animals’ dependent on their life stage
  • Basic awareness of capture techniques
  • Hygiene, bio security procedures and infection controls when working with animals

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in England for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2020 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Continuing Studies

After completing an Apprenticeship at level 2, the natural progression route would be to progress on to the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or Level 3 Full time Animal Care course. After which the option for continuing study would be to progress in to Higher Education or alternatively the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry.

This employment would likely be in the following type of job roles:

  • Animal Care & Welfare Officer
  • Zoos / Wildlife Establishments
  • Pet Care & Retail
  • Animal Training
  • Dog Grooming

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain...

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