Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship

Course overview

This new course is an exciting route into a career as a zoo or animal keeper.

This apprenticeship has been developed by industry experts and is led by The Zoological Society Of London (ZSL) – London and Whipsnade Zoo, to be delivered in partnership with Capel Manor College. You will be employed in zoos, wildlife parks, aquariums, private animal collections, animal reserves, and farms with a zoo licence.

You will learn about and understand the importance of adhering to industry best practice, law protocols and procedures in relation to animal husbandry, welfare, transportation and work health and safety. You will also be responsible for the everyday care and husbandry of the animals within the collection.

You will learn

  • How to use diet sheets and how to interpret, prepare and deliver animal feeds
  • How to service, clean and manage animal environments
  • The provision of species specific habitats and routines for animals in line with their natural history
  • Animal behaviour, animal health and welfare, and recording and reporting findings
  • How to carry out enclosure checks and other work area checks for potential or existing hazards
  • The importance of visitor and stakeholder engagement

Apprenticeship Standard : Keeper and Aquarist

You must be in full-time employment in a zookeeping role. Apprentices are expected to have some prior basic knowledge and experience of the sector.

Successful completion of this apprenticeship will help you to progress into more senior animal keeping roles.

Rachel’s story

Rachel began her studies with Capel Manor College on a foundation learning course, she then progressed onto animal care and management, studying Introduction to Animal Care (Level 1), the Animal Care Diploma (Level 2) and Animal Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3). Rachel is now undertaking a foundation degree in animal management and zoology. Rachel’s story