Apprentice Animal Care Assistant
West Hatch Animal Centre, United Kingdom
4d ago


Fixed Term Contract Length : 20 months

Apprenticeship qualification : Level 2 Animal Care and Welfare Assistant

Apprenticeships Training Provider : Bridgwater & Taunton College

We're recruiting an Apprentice Animal Care Assistant for our West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton, Somerset!

As an Apprentice Animal Care Assistant, you will be employed in an animal care environment gaining vital practical skills and experience, and earning a wage alongside studying your formal apprenticeship qualification at Bridgwater and Taunton College.

Some animals that come to us have been mistreated, kept in awful conditions or left without free access to food or water.

They may arrive terrified and it's up to us to try and work out why and bring them round to trusting people again. We do this on a daily basis with a dedicated team that we're extremely proud of.

Although the work is tough, it's hugely rewarding when the animals get the home they have always deserved.

What you'll be doing

  • Cleaning animal accommodation, pen fixtures and furniture and general areas
  • Providing exercise opportunities and following individual training and behaviour plans
  • Completing animal records and updating the computer database
  • Stocking and maintaining the centre - eg preparing bedding, tidying stores, performing basic maintenance tasks
  • Assisting with the preliminary assessment, ongoing inspection and or treatment of animals by a Veterinary Surgeon, or other authorised person at the Centre
  • Carrying out checks on animals, including the taking of temperature and inspection of eyes, ears, nose and throat for signs of infection or abnormality, reporting any abnormalities to manager or deputy manager at the Centre
  • Identifying a suitable diet, prepare and provide food and water for all animals in the establishment
  • Carrying out routine animal behaviour monitoring / assessment prior to rehoming and designing and implementing behavioural training plans where needed
  • Engaging with customers on the phone, face to face and by email
  • Undertaking other duties as required by the Deputy / Animal Centre Manager.
  • You'll have

  • A genuine interest in animal care / welfare
  • A strong desire to do your very best for the animals in your care
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team
  • A positive and flexible approach to day to day activities
  • Good time keeping
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure
  • The ability to get to our centre independently
  • GCSE Maths & English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • What's in it for you

    You'll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales.

    We value and recognise our employees' contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes :

  • 35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme;
  • access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme.

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