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    Veterinary Technician Higher Apprenticeship

    Key information

    Year of entry


    2 years (part-time)

    Start date

    September 2024


    Harper Adams University, delivered through distance and work-based learning with on-campus week blocks spread across the year

    The new Vet Technician (Livestock) Apprenticeship is a Level 5 programme of learning, which offers employees veterinary technical and professional education linked to work-based learning and personal development.

    An apprenticeship is a job first, with specialist training to support professional development. Apprentices must be employed in the appropriate role on the first day of their apprenticeship and be supported by their employer to achieve training and assessment towards the required Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs).

    Career Progression

    Apprenticeship roles may be job roles such as: Vet Tech, Vet Tech CSO (certification support officer), Vet Tech mobility scorer/foot trimmer, Vet Tech ATT (approved tuberculin tester), Vet Technician manager or other emerging job titles. To fulfil apprentice eligibility, the apprentice’s role must have responsibility for duties across the business, and the training must be delivered for more than a 12-month period.


    An apprentice must be employed and salaried by a company for the full duration of their apprenticeship, working a minimum of 30 hours per week. The company cover the cost of the apprenticeship via Government funding either from Apprenticeship levy, levy transfer, or co-investment, which is currently charged at 5% of the total fees required. Many employers will also cover accommodation costs* and expenses during on-campus block weeks of training.

    Entry Requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements except a requirement to have GCSE Maths and English (see below). However, Vet Tech candidates are likely to have some husbandry skills and livestock knowledge, and may have worked in a vet practice at a more junior level. A Vet Tech may be required to work unsociable hours and will be a self-starter, required to visit clients. Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements at recruitment stage; but due to the nature of the role requiring periods of physical exertion, and safe travel to and within ports, it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health and it is highly likely they will hold a full standard driving licence. As part of the regulations all apprentices undergo a detailed initial assessment of prior knowledge, skills and behaviours. The apprentice must be employed on the first day of study, have the right to work in England for more than 51% of their time, and have been living in the UK/EEA for the past 3 years.

    English and Maths

    Apprentices cannot achieve an apprenticeship without GCSE English and Maths (A*-C or 9 - 4). Ideally, this will need to be completed prior to enrolment via the functional skills route. This can be funded separately and taken at a local college or provider. If apprentices cannot locate GCSE or equivalent certificates, they will be asked to sit Functional Skills Tests to complete the apprenticeship as a mandatory requirement.

    Application process

    Please express your interest be email to for further information. The apprenticeship team can offer guidance to employers who may not have accessed Government funding or co-investment previously and need help to reserve funding for apprentices.

    What will I study?

    The course structure for 2024 entry is not currently available online. Please contact the Apprenticeships Team for advice.

    Teaching and learning

    The majority of the learning will take place off-campus and will be self-directed. Employers must allow the apprentices time to study as part of their apprenticeship programme. It is anticipated that much of this learning will be done at home or in the workplace. The practical skills may already be highly developed for some veterinary technicians who have already been performing this role without an official standard or recognition.  The veterinary technicians will all have access to the Aptem apprenticeship learning platform and the university’s Learning Hub as required.


    For course related enquiries please contact:

    Apprenticeships Team
    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 054

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    In the UK for graduate employment
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