Apprentice Animal Care Assistant Briggan Farm Boarding Kennels & Cattery

Briggan Farm Kennels are proud to be offering an opportunity to train with their warm and friendly team as an Animal Care and Welfare Assistant apprentice. The successful applicant will help provide a home away from home for the animals in their care, learning and taking on more responsibilities as they gain in confidence.

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Closing date: 26 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Any pay increase is dependant on performance.

  • Working week

    Three days a week including weekends on a rota basis in split shifts 8am – 12pm / 3pm – 6pm

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    22 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

A typical day at Briggan will include the following duties:

  • Walking the dogs
  • Feeding/medications
  • Welcoming clients
  • Cleaning the kennels
  • Noticing and informing senior staff of changes in temperament/health of the animals

The training you will be getting

You will achieve a Level 2 qualification in Animal Care and Welfare
You will attend Duchy College Rosewarne one day a week (during term times).

Applicants with a GCSE grade 3 for English and / or maths will need to sit their Functional Skills level 2 English and / or Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There may be the opportunity for permanent employment on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Reliability, Punctuality


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 3/D) Essential

Things to consider

As Briggan Farm is in a rural location, the ability to get to and from the kennels twice a day is essential. The successful candidate should be able and prepared to walk around 10- 15 miles a day with all kinds of dogs and in all weathers. Level 2 (equivalent to a 4/C GCSE) in Maths and English is preferred. However a Level 1 (3/C) in Maths and English will be considered depending on the applicant. The applicant would then have to work towards Level 2 during the apprenticeship.

About the employer

Briggan Farm is a small but busy boarding kennels with the capacity for boarding 50 dogs & 13 cats. We have 7 acres that we use to exercise the dogs. Our priority is for the animals staying with us to have the best care we can give them whilst they are away from ‘home’. We would like to think that we provide a warm and friendly welcome to all our clients and their owners. Being a small business, time keeping and attendance is of paramount importance as we rely on a small work force to look after the animals in our care. We are looking for a committed, hard working team player with basic health and safety knowledge, who is keen to learn more about dogs. Depending on the number of dogs in boarding and the ins and outs, the day can be quite busy with kennels to clean, dogs to go out and walk and spending quality time with the animals. New team members would begin with simple tasks such as letting dogs out, cleaning kennels and walking the dogs under the supervision of a senior team member, so the new team member is supported. While we expect someone to work within their comfort zone to start with, we would expect a natural progression once they have been with us a while and understand the inner workings. It would be expected of the new team member to take more initiative and work alongside the senior team, taking on more complex tasks like feeding, administering medication and dealing with the clients. We would hope that the new team member would notice any changes in temperament or the health of any animal whilst being in our care, informing a senior team member who can take the necessary action. This will become easier with experience and knowledge of the individual dogs and breeds. Common sense plays a big part in working with animals and not being afraid to question or query something will help you learn more on handling, behaviour and wellbeing of the dogs in our care. A typical day at Briggan starts at 8am, by letting all the dogs we currently have staying with us out for a quick wee and leg stretch, whilst their kennels are checked, spruced up and cleaned as necessary. We are open for clients to drop off or collect their pets between 8.30-11am. All the dogs are then given their breakfast and any medication administered. Once that task is complete we walk the dogs around our fields, either on their own or with a suitable friend. All dogs are walked with slip collars and on flexi leads so they are able to have a wide area to roam whilst still being under our control. We are able to take small groups of similar size and temperament out into the paddock to play and race around. Walking plays a big part of our care at Briggan as we believe it is crucial to the happiness and wellbeing of the dogs boarding with us, therefore you would need to be prepared to walk possibly up to 10 to15 miles a day with various dogs and in all weathers. Once everyone has been walked or gone out for group play, we close through the middle of the day. This allows the dogs to get some rest and sleep and for the new dogs to settle in while it is quiet. This lunch time period is also when the team members leave until the afternoon, usually between the times of 12-12.30pm - 3pm. Therefore, the position would ideally require someone to have their own transport and live fairly close to the kennels. When the team members return at 3pm the process is repeated and the dogs get their second walk or play for the day. We reopen for clients to collect and drop off their pets between 4-6pm. After the second exercise we feed and administer any medication, usually between 4.30-5pm. When everyone has been fed we let everyone out again for a wee before closing at 6pm. Change


Briggan Farm Boarding Kennels & Cattery





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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



01209 617826

Apprenticeship standard

Animal care and welfare assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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