ST0397 Level 2 Animal Care & Welfare Assistant

ST0397 Level 2 Animal Care and Welfare Assistant – the Apprenticeship Standard

Occupational profile:

Animal Care and Welfare Assistants look after the routine day-to-day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals, under guidance, in a variety of different settings.  The work is carried out individually or as part of a team in places such as kennels and catteries, laboratories, animal welfare centres, farm parks, rehabilitation centres, retail outlets and in the transportation of animals.  Animal Care and Welfare Assistants must have a strong work ethic and be prepared to work irregular hours in all weather conditions. They must maintain safe working practices and taking responsibility for themselves, animals and others. 

Typical job roles include: kennel or cattery assistant; animal technician; animal welfare assistant; animal day care assistant; animal collection officer; wildlife rehabilitation assistant; zoo keeper assistant, pet retail assistant, animal handler, veterinary care assistant, farm park assistant.

The purpose of the End-point Assessment is to test, in a synoptic way, the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprentice, as set out in the apprenticeship Standard, to confirm that the apprentice is occupationally competent. To achieve final certification, the apprentice must achieve a minimum of a Pass in the End-point Assessment components.

Individuals will need to achieve the core skills and knowledge, behaviours and one Option from the following list:


Animal Interaction


Movement and Transportation

Operational/Reception Duties


Working Dog Handler

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Veterinary Care Support

The End-point Assessment will comprise:

  • submission of a portfolio of evidence, to underpin:
  • a professional discussion
  • a practical assessment


Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End-point Assessment.


This apprenticeship Standard is Level 2


Minimum 12 months, typically 18 months