Apprenticeships at Vets4Pets

Our passion for pets is matched only by our commitment to helping our colleagues realise their potential.

At Vets4Pets, we offer apprenticeship opportunities for Veterinary Care Assistants and Veterinary Nurses. We also offer apprenticeship opportunities across our Support Office in various business functions such as finance, human resources, IT and marketing.

Working with animals is a very competitive field and often involves long hours. It can also be physically demanding. But, the ultimate reward is making a difference to the lives of animals. 

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Vet Care Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2

A Veterinary Care Assistant apprenticeship is a great way to secure the essential knowledge needed to start a career in the pet care industry. It takes between 15 and 18 months to complete this course.  

You will gain knowledge, skills and experience working in practice alongside qualified professionals.

College attendance is not required, and you will be provided with dedicated time to study and a work-based Learning Assessor who will support your learning. Tuition, guidance and assessment is all completed within a vet practice.

You can start this apprenticeship at any point during the year, and when finished, you will have a Level 2 qualification that allows you to progress in the field you love.

Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Level 3

This apprenticeship is comprise of weekly day release from college. A dedicated Clinical Coach will guide your learning in practice and support completion of your nurse progress log. A range of online assessments and assignments will also require completion.

Throughout this course, you will maintain a Nurse Progress Log to evidence the practical skills you’ve learned and to record your hours in practice and college (both of which are required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons).

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will participate in an End Point Assessment. This consists of the OSCEs and a professional discussion with a qualified Assessor where you can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired during your apprenticeship.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, you must have five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or higher in English, maths and a science plus two additional GCSE subjects. Some colleges will accept a VCA qualification in lieu of a science. There are also colleges that will, if required, support Functional Skills Level 2.

Support Office Apprenticeship Opportunities

Within our Support Office, we offer a number of apprenticeships across a range of departments, including IT, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Customer Service and Recruitment. We even have an apprentice trainee solicitor in our Legal department.

By working with high-quality providers, we ensure our apprentices receive the best support possible. This is enhanced by excellent line manager support and dedicated off-the-job training time and the potential opportunity to progress within the business.

Q & A

No, there is not. You can be an apprentice from age 16. There is no upper age limit.

Yes, there are no previous qualification restrictions (as long as the apprenticeship is new learning).

No, you must have lived in the EU/UK for 3 years.

Yes, you need to be in employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Yes, you are paid for the time spent in college if you are enrolled on a day-release apprenticeship course.


Yes, for apprentices who enrol on a course before their 19th birthday, there is no charge to the employer.  You will also receive a wage throughout your training.

Apprentices are entitled to 20% percent off-the-job training. This is time to complete apprenticeship work and new learning.

This depends on the level of apprenticeship you undertake.  For example, for the Level 3 Vet Nurse apprentice, you required 5 GCSEs to include maths, English and a science plus two further subjects.

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