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Work Based Diploma in Animal Care

The Mayhew offers a Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Animal Care in conjunction with the College of Animal Welfare. This qualification is the replacement of the former NVQ in Animal Care.

The course, including a probationary period, is 14 months long and is a self-study course. Each student is expected to work in a voluntary capacity (unpaid) three days a week at The Mayhew in order to gain practical experience for his or her qualification and this will include one weekend day. The Mayhew provides the work placement for this course and it is a great grounding for a career in animal care.

Are you considering a career with animals? Are you prepared to dedicate your time to gaining knowledge and understanding of the care and welfare of companion animals? This course could be for you.

We accept applications twice a year:

  • Spring course start (March): Applications are accepted 1st January to 28th February.
  • Autumn course start (September): Applications are accepted 1st June – 31st July.
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Following a successful application, you’ll be invited to The Mayhew to attend an interview. If successful you will be invited to a 2 day induction, one of which will be working with the animals. This will give you an insight into our day to day work. You will then continue with a 2 month probation before a final assessment. All successful candidates will then be registered with the College of Animal Welfare.

The course

You will work alongside trained members of our staff. This work is quite physical and can be dirty! Your duties will be divided between kennel, cattery, feeding, cleaning and taking part in the general husbandry of the animals. Where possible time will also be allocated in our veterinary clinic and working in other departments of the home.
During your course you will need to complete a portfolio consisting of a number of modules relating to the care and welfare of animals. At the end of each module your work will be assessed before presenting it to the College Assessors.
Theory sessions will be provided at The Mayhew, however as the course is not classroom based it is in your own interests that you research particular areas. Books and the internet are useful tools as are our staff, many of whom completed the former NVQ qualification at The Mayhew.
The course is a good grounding for a career in animal care and is respected throughout the industry. The work is challenging but rewarding for anyone looking for a career with animals.

Please note, undertaking this course at The Mayhew does not guarantee paid employment at the end of the course.