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Planning, managing, delivering and reviewing the training of animals.
Occupational profile: As an Animal Trainer, you plan, manage, deliver and review the training of the animals you are working with using positive, reward based training methods. This may involve training the animal to undertake specific tasks, or more general training. This standard also covers your interactions with the animal, developing training plans to reinforce desirable behaviours/reduce undesirable behaviours as well as reviewing and evaluating training to ensure goals are met and plans continue to be appropriate. Working patterns will involve irregular hours and in all weather conditions. You will have a professional approach to showing compassion, respect, patience and tolerance in all situations to people and animals. Typical Job roles include: zoo & safari park trainers, service animal trainers (including search and rescue), commercial animal trainers, assistance animal trainers, audio- visual industry animal trainers, animal obedience trainers, animal behaviour trainers.
Promote and monitor safe working practices, which must be adhered to at all times with constant situational awareness and adaptability to ensure the safety of the animals, themselves and others.
Have a strong work ethic, be a good role model and mentor for others. Be respectful, punctual, reliable, trustworthy and diligent. Work effectively and encourage efficiency to meet time deadlines and organisational requirements. Take pride in their work showing commitment and loyalty whilst conducting themselves in a professional manner. Make the most efficient and effective use of materials, resources and time.
Assume a role of responsibility in the workplace. Organise themselves, delegate tasks, supervise and monitor others and the animals in their care. Show compassion, respect, patience and tolerance in all situations to people and animals. Work with methods that reduce risk of injury to the animals, themselves or others. Recognise own limitations and seek qualified professional advice as necessary/when required. The ability to operate as the advocate for the animal and to balance this against societal expectations and the safety of the public.
Work independently and as part of a team, showing leadership and initiative as appropriate. Understand their role within the team and their impact on others and animals. Promote good working relationships, reduce, manage and report conflict within the team when necessary. Contribute to and support the training and development of others.
Respect the need for confidentiality and adhere to data protection policies. Confidently and respectfully communicate with colleagues, volunteers, visitors, clients, industry specialists and animals. Show good interpersonal skills and accurately report any concerns, incidents and abnormalities. Know when to ask for, offer and give advice and guidance. Use social media responsibly.
Have a strong and professional ethic including pride in their appearance and work. Attention to detail; integrity and time management; have a flexible attitude to work; have a safety mindset to self and others; demonstrate initiative. A commitment and willingness to learn and to contribute to their own continuing professional development.
Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Any entry requirements will be set by individual employers but, typically, they may look for evidence of prior experience of working within the industry.
This standard is at Level 4
Typically, 18 months to 24 months
After 3 years
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