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Roles in animal care are varied, with employees working to ensure the health, welfare and well-being of animals large and small in a variety of settings, so the importance of high-quality training can’t be underestimated.

At Kendal College, we are home to the UK’s first teaching animal rescue centre which houses surgical, imaging and intensive care facilities with learners being taught by former industry practitioners.

Our delivery is flexible around employees and businesses needs with teaching being carried out in the classroom, one-to-one and in the workplace. A full list of our apprenticeship courses can be found below:

Animal Care & Welfare Assistant, Level 2

Course Overview

Routine animal husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals, suitable for a variety of job situations such as kennel/cattery assistant, animal welfare assistant, wildlife rehabilitation assistant, animal handler, veterinary care assistant, pet retail assistant.

Entry Requirements

Voluntary experience within the animal care industry, Level 1 in Animal Care, three GCSE’s grade 3 or above.

Topics Covered

Animal health and welfare including first aid and preventative care, feeding and nutrition, handling & restraining animals, animal behaviour, animal anatomy and reproduction, plus optional topics.

Delivery

Training in the workplace, training and portfolio development in college.

Assessment

On programme portfolio assessment and observation. EPA practical assessment (observation) and Professional Discussion and review of portfolio.

Start Date: Throughout the year

Duration: 12 to 18 Months

Keeper & Aquarist, Level 3

Course Overview

On programme portfolio assessment and observation. EPA practical assessment (observation) and Professional Discussion and review of portfolio.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or other animal related subject, suitable experience working with animals, 5 GCSE’s including one science subject at grade 4 or above, Intermediate apprenticeship in animal care.

Topics Covered

The course covers exhibit maintenance, feeding & diets, knowledge of habitats and species’ natural history, animal behaviour & population management, health and welfare of animals, working with visitors, research projects and the role of zoos in conservation.

Delivery

Teaching in the workplace, and teaching& portfolio development in college.

Assessment

On-programme portfolio assessment, & observation. EPA assessed by Multiple choice questions, Observation and Professional discussion based on a portfolio.

Start Date: Throughout the year

Duration: 24 Months