Veterinary Apprenticeships: What you need to know and how to apply for the right one for you

If you’re looking for a career based around animals, then veterinary Apprenticeships could be perfect for you.  Do you love caring for animals? Veterinary Apprenticeships are an excellent option for school leavers looking to advance their career through learning and development opportunities.

What do veterinary Apprenticeships involve?

Veterinary Apprenticeships combine on the job training with academic study enabling you to gain experience, invaluable qualifications and highly sought skills. You’ll build your confidence being around animals through practical work supervised by your employer at a veterinary surgery.

‘Did you know that 40% of households in the UK have pets?’ According to Business Wire. Therefore, the need for veterinary staff is a necessity for the health and wellbeing of animals. There really has never been a better time than now to start a veterinary Apprenticeship.

Let’s look at the options available to you:

Veterinary Nurse – As a veterinary nurse apprentice you’ll start by handling animals correctly and getting used to small animals and as you progress you’ll deal with larger animals. You’ll keep domestic pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits etc in good health, support the team during theatre, administer medication and offer advice on medical procedures and care as well as dealing with various other animals such as livestock.

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Veterinary Assistant – Veterinary assistants ensure the surgery runs smoothly on a day to day basis. This can include ensuring the environment is clean and hygienic, assisting with animal handling and offering support to receptionists.

Veterinary Receptionist – Veterinary receptionists provide support to all clients from booking appointments, dealing with payments, selling items and dealing with highly sensitive issues.

Skills needed for veterinary Apprenticeships

Do you love animals and want to make a difference? This type of Apprenticeship could be exactly what you’re looking for! Whatever role you decide to embark on you’ll need to be resilient during challenging times, empathetic and caring. Does this sound like you? Although veterinary Apprenticeships can be challenging at times it is also a highly rewarding career route.

Apprenticeship Frameworks

Here is a list of Apprenticeship frameworks in animal care:

  • Animal Care – Level 2, 3
  • Nursing Assistants in a Veterinary Environment – Level 2
  • Veterinary Nursing – Level 3
  • Farriery – Level 3

Apprenticeships are currently undergoing developments. Apprenticeship frameworks are being replaced by Apprenticeship standards to meet the needs of the employer as well as the apprentice where they will be assessed by their skills, knowledge, behaviour and an end point assessment.

Apprenticeship Standards

Currently undergoing developments are the following animal care Apprenticeships standards:

  • Veterinary Nurse – Level 3
  • Animal Trainer – Level 4
  • Animal Care and Welfare Assistant – Level 2
  • Equine Groom – Level 2, 3
  • Farrier – Level 3

Applying for Veterinary Apprenticeships

Ready to unlock a door full of learning and development opportunities doing something you love? You can apply for a wide range of animal care/veterinary Apprenticeships at Careermap. Can’t find any near you? Simply register you CV online so top employers and providers can find you.


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