We are a safe haven at our Coventry animal centre, where we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome over 500 animals every year. Our animal centre provides veterinary treatment, accommodation and care for over 100 animals at any one time. We are a local branch of the RSPCA so are independently funded.

Vacancy Description

The Role:

  • Assist with the inspection and or treatment of animals by a Veterinary Surgeon, or other authorised person at the Centre. Carry out checks on animals, including the taking of temperature and inspection of eyes, ears, nose and throat for signs of infection or abnormality, reporting any abnormalities to the manager or supervisor at the Centre. Prepare and provide food and water for all animals in the establishment
  • Clean, disinfect and maintain to a standard of cleanliness set by the management the animal accommodation, isolation and exercise areas; the food preparation, laundry, storage, treatment and destruction facilities; the reception, offices, stores, staff facilities, toilets and outside areas. Ensure building/exercise areas are secure at all times
  • Attend to the needs of the individuals, including exercise, coat care/grooming, administration of first aid treatments and medications as directed and to assist with the humane destruction of animals
  • Routine animal behaviour monitoring/assessment prior to rehoming
  • Attend to the needs of the client/customer/general public, face to face or via the telephone. Liaise with colleagues in other departments/RSPCA Branch workers/voluntary helpers
  • Operation of cash register and the safe receipt of money. Maintaining daily cash records as directed
  • Maintain/monitor the daily animal records and general administrative duties. Complete documentation relating to the acceptance and release of animals
  • To undertake other duties as required by the Supervisor/Animal Centre Manager

Desired skills

  • Experience working with domestic animals is essential
  • Good animal handling skills
  • The successful applicant will have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel etc. is essential

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise
  • Work on your own initiative

Desired qualifications

  • Maths and English GCSEs or equivalent are desirable but not essential
  • Applicants must not already hold a level 2 or higher qualification in Animal Care

Future prospects

  • On completion of their apprenticeship there may be opportunities for the apprentice to progress to part time animal care assistant/ fulltime animal care assistant/supervisor/manager/inspector

Things to consider

  • Active all day, long walks with the animals, can get very mucky and covered in all sorts, out in all weathers, not very good public transport to site.
  • KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier  than the listed closing date should the need arise


Coventry CV5 9DQ

Weekly wage


Working week

Total hours per week: 30.00

Apprenticeship duration

16 months approx.

Date posted

10 September 2019

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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