Animal Care Apprenticeships & Qualifications

About Animal Care

If you love the idea of working with animals, then an apprenticeship in animal care could be the route for you! 

Working in this industry means you’ll be responsible for the general welfare and supervision of animals, which can be both rewarding and exciting.  

There are many businesses that need someone skilled in animal care to look after their furry friends including boarding kennels, day kennels, catteries, petting farms and pet shops. Whatever type of company you work for, they’ll always need your varied skills to care for their animals. 

During the Animal Care apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to: 

  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with others 
  • promote and maintain the health and well-being of animals 
  • deliver basic treatments to animals 
  • select and prepare accommodation for animals 
  • move animals between locations 
  • make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety. 

How do you get into the animal care industry? 

To start an Animal Care apprenticeship at Level 2, you’ll need to have a job in the industry as this is a work-based qualification. 

You don’t always need academic qualifications, but employers may want you to have a good standard of education, such as GCSEs, as well as your English and maths.

To start on a traineeship in animal care, you don’t need any formal qualifications, however some employers may prefer you to have a good standard of general education such as GCSEs, including English and maths. 

Register your interest using the form below and one our team will contact you.


You’ll get to experience what it’s like to work in a company involved in the dog grooming sector for 12 hours or more per week. This will include some practical experience in a dog grooming setting and we’ll also support you at one of our centres At the end of the programme, you could progress onto a full apprenticeship with us. 

During the dog grooming traineeship, you’ll learn how to:  
  • bathe and clean dogs or 
  • dry dog’s coats and prepare them for styling 
Length of the course 

6 to 12 months  

During the programme, you’ll gain:  
  • skills, knowledge and behaviours for the job 
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 1 / Level 2 
  • Functional Skills English Level 1 / Level 2 
Entry Requirements   

There are no entry requirements, but employers may run their own selection process. You’ll need to be working in one of the following job roles to apply for this apprenticeship:  

  • boarding kennels or cattery 
  • doggy day care 
  • animal welfare assistant 
  • farm park assistant  
  • pet retail assistant. 
Length of the course 

18 to 21 months