Apprenticeships at PDSA

Our Talent programme will give you the stretch and support you need in order to achieve your unique potential while adding value to our organisation. As a PDSA apprentice within one of our PetAid hospitals, you will have the opportunity to develop your experience and skills in small animal practice within a planned career path. This will provide you with the opportunity to achieve both learning and work-based objectives.

Each programme is structured with accredited learning associated to particular job roles and further development within the wider context of the organisation. As one of our apprentices, you will also have access to support from technical experts and mentors as well as your peers within our Talent programme network.

Apprentice Veterinary Care Assistants

As an Apprentice Veterinary Care Assistant (AVCA) you will provide a high standard of customer service and clinical care while promoting pet wellbeing and supporting the clinical team to deliver preventive services and treat the sick and injured pets of eligible clients.

The role is to support the PetAid hospital team while taking care of the wellbeing of pets by; maintaining a clean and hygienic environment at all times, assisting with animal handling, working at reception and providing support to the Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Surgeons. You will also encourage financial contributions from clients.

Working as part of a large, experienced team means that help and support will always be available when you ask for advice or assistance. This role is an excellent starting point if you want a career within a veterinary practice.

Our programme

The Apprentice Veterinary Care Assistant role combines workplace experience with a formal qualification.

The Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship in Veterinary Care Assistants programme takes 12 to 18 months to complete and consists of the following:

• The Level 2 diploma in Veterinary Care Assistant
• Personal learning & and thinking skills
• Employee rights and responsibilities.

What we are looking for

This role does not require you to possess any previous qualifications*. However, you will be asked to complete a basis skills assessment, where you will need to achieve a level 1 equivalent in both English and Maths to progress your application. There are also qualifications or experience that will provide you with a good foundation for this role, which include:

• Voluntary experience within the animal care industry
• Previous or current work experience within the industry
• Level 1 Diploma;
o Animal Care,
o Work-based Animal Care,
o Practical Small Animal Skills
• Units taken as part of foundation learning GCSEs/A levels

*whilst previous qualifications are not required any you do have will determine whether you follow the Apprentice Veterinary Care Assistant or Student Veterinary Care Assistant framework. More information can be found on the College of Animal Welfare Website.

Selection process

Stage 1: Online application (see How do I apply for PDSA jobs? section below)

Stage 2: English and Maths functional skills assessment

Stage 3: Competency-based interview

Stage 4: Experience a day at a PetAid hospital

Apprentice Veterinary Nurses

As an Apprentice Veterinary Nurse (AVN) you will provide a high standard of customer service and clinical care while promoting pet wellbeing and supporting Veterinary Surgeons to deliver preventive services and to treat sick and injured pets of eligible clients.

Working as part of a team that supports in theatre, provides inpatient care and supports consultations, admissions and discharges, you will also be involved in dispensing medication, encouraging financial contributions from clients and maintaining the hygiene and cleanliness of the PetAid hospital and equipment.

Our programme

The apprentice Veterinary Nurse Role combines workplace experience with a formal qualification.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing 2-year programme consists of the following:

• Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal Pathway)
• Functional Skills Maths Level 2
• Functional Skills English Level 2
• Completion of the Lantra Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook – Veterinary Nursing

What we are looking for

In order to start the programme you must be eligible to enrol with the RCVS as a student veterinary nurse. You will possess a minimum of:

• 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language, Maths and a Science subject.
• Or the Level 2 diploma in Veterinary Care Assistant along with GCSEs at Grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent),

Selection

Stage 1: Online application (see How do I apply for PDSA jobs? section below)

Stage 2: You will be asked to complete a functional skills assessment, where you will need to achieve a minimum of a level 1 in both English and Maths to progress your application.

Stage 3: Competency-based interview

Stage 4: Experience a day at a PetAid hospital

How do I find more details about an apprentice vacancy?

Vacancies will be advertised as and when they arise at a PetAid hospital. For more information on a particular role, you can select that role via the advertised link or by going to our current vacancies page. Once you have clicked on this link, more specifics about the role, including the job description, will be available in the form of documents to the left of the job advert.

How do I apply for jobs at PDSA?

If you would like to apply for a role simply click the ‘apply’ button to the right of the job advert and register, using your name and email address. At this point you will be asked for some basic information such as your contact details. To save you time and avoid any duplication, we ask that you upload your CV to let us know about your education, qualifications and any relevant experience. If you don’t have an up-to-date CV, you have the option to create one as part of your application in our system.

We will then give you the opportunity to answer a few carefully selected competency-based questions. These questions will explore your motivations, knowledge and behaviour, enabling you to give evidence of the competencies that are most important to us for the particular role for which you are applying. Once you have completed your application and selected ‘submit’, you will see a message onscreen letting you know we have successfully received your application.

If you require access to or support using a computer or the internet, remember to take advantage of either at your local library or job centre.

How do I find out more about PDSA?

For more information on what it is like to work at PDSA, please explore the rest of our careers area and website or add us on Facebook or Twitter to hear our latest news and to keep in touch.

If you feel you have any special requirements that need taking into consideration throughout the recruitment process, please don’t hesitate to contact us on our email address: hr.administration@pdsa.org.uk

Contact Us

Call 01952 290 999

Speak to the Recruitment Team
Mon - Fri 09:00-17:00



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