Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal Care

This programme is designed for people who are new to animal care (or recent recruits) and are working as an assistant to another member or members of staff.

Entry Requirements

To undertake an intermediate apprenticeship you must be employed in an animal care job for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in animal care you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

There are no formal academic requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care but you should have a love of animals, a genuine interest in their welfare, and be prepared to get your hands dirty!  You should have at least basic numeracy and literacy skills on which the apprenticeship will build.

Length of Course/Start Date

The course normally lasts 12-18 months.  You can start the programme at any time of the year.

Contents of the programme

On the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care you will study for the following qualifications:

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:


You will need to attend Badgehurst Training Ltd’s Centre for your induction (introduction) to apprenticeship.  After then you will attend our Centre once per month, with e-learning study in between these sessions.  (Some apprentices may not need to attend our Centre for training under exceptional circumstances). The course covers a broad range of animal care skills, including daily routines such as cleaning and maintaining animal accomodation, feeding, animal health and well-being.   You may also need to attend for functional skills sessions as well.  You will also develop your skills and knowledge through on-job training in the work place.  One of our Training Officers will visit you regularly in your work place to provide support, deliver training, set targets and carry out assessment.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, case studies, witness statements, tasks and tests.

Progression and Employment Opportunities

Once you have completed the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care you could be able to to progress onto:

Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include: zoo/animal keeper; dog groomer, dog warden and animal management technician.