Vet technician (livestock) (level 5)
Carry out common husbandry and technical tasks for livestock.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Agriculture, environmental and animal care
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Embryo transfer technician
- Vet tech
- Vet tech cso (certification support officer)
- Vet tech mobility scorer/ foot trimmer
- Vet tech paraprofessional
- Vet tech/ att (approved tuberculin tester)
- Vet technician manager
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Plan and carry out dynamic risk assessments taking account of lone worker protocols and varying environments/ livestock. Develop courses of action to minimise risk.
- Manage data collection for health plans and reports.
- Analyse, interpret, and evaluate data using appropriate software, to inform diagnosis/ recommendations for preventative treatment.
- Collaborate with agricultural staff to obtain information impacting on livestock health (e.g. feed rations).
- Administer appropriate veterinary medicines, as set out within a vet led protocol, to treat livestock, such as by injection, oral bolus or topical application.
- Identify environmental factors that can have a positive and/or negative effect on animal health and welfare.
- Plan and carry out livestock assessment, such as mobility assessment, weighing or body condition scoring.
- Identify when samples are required for parasite identification. Collect relevant samples in accordance with protocols and lab procedures.
- Complete disbudding/ horn removal of livestock.
- Support the Vet in practice to carry out blood sampling for disease or health analysis/diagnosis. Complete documentation for further lab analysis and to ensure traceability.
- Build rapport with clients whilst managing client expectations and competing priorities.
- Manage own workload, balancing cost and efficiency with livestock health and welfare priorities.
- Use equipment, such as livestock crush and raise systems for safe handling and pharmaceutical equipment and products, in line with operating procedures and manufacturers guidelines.
- Monitor and manage requirements for equipment maintenance and repair.
- Identify, use and dispose of correct PPE appropriate to the task.
- Identify biosecurity risks and mitigate against them.
- Maintain client confidentiality in line with practice requirements and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).
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