Veterinary Care Assistant - Apprenticeship The Vet Centre Ltd and IVC Evidensia

The successful candidate will be working alongside our team of qualified and student veterinary nurses to provide a high standard of care for our clients and hospital patients. Our VCAs see an exciting and varied caseload and have the opportunity to continually develop their skills supporting the team in surgical, medical and emergency nursing.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    (minimum of NMW)

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    The role is full time, based on 40 hours per week including shifts between the hours of 8am and 6.30pm. Days to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • As an IVC Evidensia apprenticeship veterinary care assistant, you will be allocated a supervisor within the practice who will be responsible for supporting you in your training.
  • You will be trained by the practice and by a VCA training provider, ensuring you learn the most current theory and practical skills.
  • You will carry out daily tasks commensurate with the level of training and competency and the training syllabus.
  • Support, as directed, a veterinary surgeon / veterinary nurse in a clinical environment with:
  • Dealing with potential and actual emergency situations.
  • Pre and post-operative care.
  • Patient monitoring for example anaesthetic monitoring
    in-patient care.
  • Diagnostic care/tests/X-rays – positioning and exposing
    the dispensing and administration of medication.
  • End of life care for pets and providing support for the owner.

The training you will be getting

  • Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Level 2.
  • Upon finishing, you will become a qualified Veterinary Care Assistant.
  • The location of the apprenticeship will be at The Vet Centre Ltd, which is located at Maids Moreton, Buckingham MK18 1RE  & Pottersbury, Towcester NN127QN. You will mainly be based at Maids Moreton to begin with.
  • One day a week will be dedicated to apprenticeship training at college or on line, and the remaining will be in practice carrying out veterinary care assistant related tasks.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We are looking for a long-term candidate to grow with the practice and potentially, continue and progress your career. Within practice, progression is available and you will have the option to apply for roles across our full network of practices, as part of our commitment to internal mobility and career development for our people.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Hardworking, Reliable, Confident, Interest in Animals, Interest in Vet Nursing, Interpersonal skills, Animal Handling, Independent work, Work under direction


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential

Things to consider

There may be shift patterns that you will be required to follow. These may vary day to day or weekly.

About the employer

The Vet Centre Ltd is a well-established veterinary practice caring for small animals, covering at our two sites are a fully equipped and modernised practice striving to achieve the highest standard of veterinary care in Buckingham and Potterspury, Towcester. We have a committed clinical team with many vets and nurses engaged in developing their clinical skills. IVC Evidenisa is committed to supporting ethnic diversity in the veterinary community and fully supports ethnic diversity within our business. We also are committed to continual training and upskilling of all clinical staff within our teams. IVC E actively support and promote the apprenticeship programmes within all areas of the business, with our largest provision being the Level 3 Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Care Assistant Apprenticeship programmes.


The Vet Centre Ltd and IVC Evidensia


Maids Moreton


MK18 1RE

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Training provider


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


Justin Groves

01480 422060

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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