Animal

Getting in

Like the idea of working with animals?

There are jobs for people with all levels of qualifications. 

The most important thing is that you have a genuine interest in animal welfare and can relate well to animals.

Key facts

  • The Animal care industry is worth £1 billion to the UK economy. 
  • It has 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers. 
  • When talking about the animal care industry, we are generally mean; boarding kennels, catteries, pet breeders, training, grooming, animal welfare charities, zoos, wildlife parks, public services and performing animals in film and television.

Routes into this sector


There are various types of 
qualifications available at different levels.

There are jobs in this sector which require few qualifications where you will receive training on the job through an apprenticeship or vocational course at a college, and others, such as a vet, where you have to do a degree.

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Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.

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Spotlight on: Animal Care Apprenticeship

You could do a level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal care which would give you a wide range of skills to work in this sector. There are options from animal care and welfare to animal training or dog grooming.

This level is ideal if you have some knowledge and interest in working with animals but want to start on the qualification ladder, this could help you move from a junior to a more senior position. This qualification will also prepare you for progression to Level 3 qualifications.

You would complete a Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care along with English and maths.

Generally you will not need formal qualifications to start a level 2 apprenticeship but a minimum of GCSE grade 2 in English and maths is usually required. If you haven't got a GCSE at grade 4 or above you will do English and maths as part of your apprenticeship. 

Progression is available via an Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Care or other routes like an extended Diploma in Animal Management.

Most local colleges have provision for people wanting to specialise in land-based and animal care with specific courses available.

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