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Apprenticeship training course

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).

Full information on Vet technician (livestock) (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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