Animal care apprentice Level 2(GCSE)

University of Liverpool

Apprenticeship summary

£20,411- £20,880 plus annual leave and pension allowances. Yearly increments plus comprehensive benefits package, which includes generous annual leave and pension allowances. This is an exciting opportunity to join our technical team in our busy state-of-the-art small animal teaching hospital.

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Closing date: December 11, 2023

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Date posted:
November 17, 2023
Possible start date:
January 8, 2024
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The key role of the apprentice is to work alongside the animal care technicians and nursing team, provide them with assistance and to ensure the clinical areas are cleaned.

Once trained tasks include (but are not limited to)

  • To assist in the care of hospitalised dogs, cats and other small animals within the Small Animal Teaching Hospital
  • Animal handling, including restraining the patient for clinical examination and blood sampling
  • Taking dogs to runs for toileting, and walking patients
  • Assisting the nurse with physiotherapy
  • Feeding and cleaning of animals in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital (mainly dogs and cats)
  • General upkeep of animal accommodation
  • Transporting dogs and cats to other areas within the Small Animal Teaching Hospital
  • Assisting in the theatres
  • Set up of theatre ready for surgery
  • Assisting the team to prepare the patient for surgery
  • Cleaning of theatre and surgical instruments
  • Washing and drying of bedding and laundry
  • To ensure the ward, ICU and consult rooms are constantly stocked and cleaned
  • Maintaining an appropriate clean, tidy hospital environment, allowing the nurses and veterinary staff to focus on undergraduate teaching and patient care
  • Collection and disposal of hospital refuse, including outside waste bins
  • Cleaning of the non-clinical areas of the hospital
  • Pro-active and recognising jobs that need to be addressed
  • Supporting and demonstrating your role to the Animal Care Apprentices, ensuring their jobs are completed. Providing guidance
  • Any other reasonable tasks to assist the nursing, auxiliary and clinical teams
  • The animal care technician will observe Health & safety rules at all times

You will also have the opportunity to rotate through our Clinical Pathology service, this includes;

  • Collection of clinical pathology samples from the Teaching hospitals at regular intervals
  • Use of in-house hospital management software to ensure all tests are charged to the client
  • Packaging and postage of samples to external laboratories
  • Assisting the diagnostic laboratory technicians, clinicians (via paper and electronic methods)
  • Delivery of urgent results
  • General laboratory maintenance (stocking, maintaining good working environment) in the diagnostic and Small Teaching Hospital Laboratory
  • Cleaning and stocking of the Clinical skills lab
  • Use and maintenance of automated blood analysers
  • Performing urinalysis
  • Maintaining an appropriate clean, tidy laboratory environment, allowing the nurses and Veterinary staff to focus on undergraduate teaching and patient care
  • Any other appropriate duties as advised by the Senior Nurses or the Head Nurse
  • The animal care technician will demonstrate and set a high standard of professionalism
  • Animal care and welfare assistant level 2 standard
  • Level 2 Certificate

Veterinary care assistant in a practice or with an animal charity.


University of Liverpool

The Small Animal Teaching Hospital (completed 2007) is a busy multidisciplinary referral and teaching hospital, seeing over 12,000 appointments per year, and has an annual turnover of £7m as one of the largest and most advanced hospitals built for small animals in Europe, the facility sees referral appointments from far and wide. Our team of RCVS and European Specialists work at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine to deliver a service that is world-renowned. Our specialists are supported by residents, who are highly selected, experienced qualified vets working as “specialists in training”. Facilities include Philips Ingenia MRI (replaced 2015), Toshiba Aquilion 80-slice CT, two CR radiography rooms, a DEXA scanner, a radiotherapy suite with a dual modality Varian Vitalbeam (replaced in 2017), four operating rooms, an in-house laboratory, and associated consulting and ward space The hospital plays a key role in the education of veterinary students, teaching them the very latest concepts and techniques in a caring and supportive environment. The hospital also provides training towards clinical specialisation for qualified vets through its residency programmes. Clinical research is carried out within the hospital to improve the lives of pets everywhere.


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Animal care and welfare assistant (level 2)