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    Apprentice Veterinary Nurse | Blackburn




    Blackburn, Lancashire


    £12 p/h

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term




    Blackburn, Lancashire



    Job description

    Roles Overview

    Join Animal Trust as an Apprentice Veterinary Nurse in Blackburn and start your career in veterinary care. This entry-level, fixed-term role begins as an Animal Nursing Assistant, progressing to an Apprenticeship Veterinary Nurse upon successful probation, with college training commencing in 2025.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Work as an Animal Nursing Assistant (35 hrs/week, 11:30am-7pm) to learn essential veterinary nursing skills.
    • Transition to an Apprentice Veterinary Nurse upon passing probation, working 37.5 hrs/week.
    • Handle animals safely and perform husbandry of companion animals.
    • Develop vital clinical skills and manage reception and administrative tasks.
    • Participate in a rotational rota for comprehensive exposure to veterinary nursing.

    Skills and Qualifications

    • Minimum of 5 Level 2 qualifications (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C), including English, Maths, and a Science subject.
    • Must have a valid UK driving licence and be willing to drive the practice vehicle for patient transfers.
    • Experience in the veterinary field or completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Veterinary Care Support is required.
    • Passionate about animal care, committed, and hard-working.


    Our Offer

    • Starting salary: £12 per hour for the first 6 months.
    • Progress to the Apprentice Pay Scale: Year 1 at £6.40 per hour, Years 2 & 3 at the National Minimum Wage.
    • College course costs covered by Animal Trust.
    • Comprehensive support from a clinical coach.
    • Earn a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and eligibility for RCVS registration upon completion.

    Work-Life Balance

    • Enjoy a fixed-term position with 37.5 hours per week.
    • 4 days in clinic and 1 day per week at college, full clinic work during college summer holidays.
    • 6 weeks of annual leave and a contributory pension scheme.
    • Potential for a permanent role upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

    About Animal Trust

    Our Mission and Values

    Animal Trust is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that prioritises accessible veterinary care over profit. As a B Corp-certified organisation, we focus on sustainable and community-oriented veterinary services. We reinvest most of our profits into our facilities, enhancing our services to provide advanced care while maintaining affordability. Our core belief is that every pet deserves prompt and expert treatment regardless of their owner's financial situation. This is why we offer free consultations for sick and injured animals, ensuring timely and necessary care. We are committed to a future where no pet suffers due to financial constraints.

    Who We Are

    Animal Trust is the largest B Corp-certified veterinary group globally, pioneering not-for-profit veterinary care. Our growth has allowed us to care for nearly 100,000 pets annually across our network of busy surgeries, emphasising that quality care should be accessible and honest. Our innovative approach ensures that all pets receive the care they need, tailored to their conditions and owners' financial capabilities. From free consultations to fixed-cost treatments, we provide a range of options to suit every need without compromising on care quality.

    Our Commitment

    At Animal Trust, we deeply value the wellness and satisfaction of our team members. We offer comprehensive support for mental, financial, and life counselling, ensuring each staff member has the resources to thrive both professionally and personally. We are proud to compensate our team members at or above the Real Living Wage rate unless they are attending external training courses. This commitment to fair compensation and sustainable practices reflects our dedication to our staff and our mission. In 2023, we were awarded B Corp certification, further cementing our commitment to high-quality, affordable, and ethically conscious care.

    How To Apply

    Application Process

    To apply, click the Apply Now button, fill out your details, and submit your CV through our online portal. Ensure your application reflects your qualifications, passion for veterinary care, and desire to grow with Animal Trust.


    For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Gemma Wall at [email protected] Join us in making a difference at Animal Trust, where your career growth aligns with compassionate animal care. Apply today!

    Animal Trust is a trading name of Animal Trust Vets CIC, a community interest company registered in England and Wales. Company Registration No: 07938025

    Registered Office: Animal Trust Administration Centre, Cedab Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FE