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    We offer a variety of training opportunities from vet training to animal care.

    Extra Mural Studies

    Mayhew offers the opportunity of ‘on the job’ training in our Community Vet Clinic. If you are a new graduate, you can come and learn practical skills in animal handling as well as real life clinical skills. Building on your university knowledge, our Extra Mural studies programme will allow you to hit the ground running. If you have developed your Day One Competencies whilst on your degree EMS placement, then this will be suitable for you. Mayhew’s Community Veterinary Clinic is known to provide high standard, hands on, practical orientated EMS placements focusing on animal welfare and shelter medicine. Our placements are high in demand so students are encouraged to book well in advance.
    How to apply:
    If you wish to apply please contact our Head Veterinary Surgeon, Justin Ainsworth at justin@mayhewanimalhome.org

    Veterinary Nurse training

    We provide a dynamic training opportunity for Student Nurses. They will have the opportunity to learn their profession in a modern, well equipped veterinary clinic that provides full service veterinary care for the animals onsite as well as low cost preventative care services for the local community. The role is hard work but is extremely rewarding. How do I become a veterinary nurse? There are two main routes to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse – vocational training through employment, or through higher education. Mayhew is an Approved Training Practice and works with the College of Animal Welfare to offer practical placements for their students. For more information please email our Head Veterinary Nurse at lucy@mayhewanimalhome.org

    Work Based Diploma in Animal Care

    Mayhew works with KEITS to provide a work based diploma in Animal Care (Level 2 and Level 3). We have a limited amount of students we can take on each year and vacancies will be posted when they are available. The diploma is a hands-on learning experience, with no days at college; the assessor meets the students here at Mayhew, sets targets, observes their work and helps them put together evidence of learning. Students are also well supported by the team they work with. The diploma covers work with both dogs and cats, and students spend equal time in each section. Students will spend four days a week with us, one of which will include a weekend day. The work is very rewarding but it can be both physically and emotionally demanding. You will be working in all weathers and be getting dirty. Your work will involve cleaning kennels and cat cabins, socialising with the animals, walking dogs and making notes about the behaviour of the animals. You will be assisting with feeding, learning about how a rescue centre runs behind the scenes, working alongside other students, volunteers and staff. For more information about this programme, please get in touch with our team. Email info@mayhewanimalhome.org

    Work experience

    While we continue to adhere to official advice regarding Coronavirus, we are not accepting work experience placement applications until mid-2021. We’re doing everything we can for the wellbeing of our animals, employees and volunteers, and to decrease the chances of the virus spreading. You can find out more here.

    Please note – we are not currently accepting applications if you are not already on the waiting list of postponed placements.

    Work experience is a vital part of education that gives an insight into working life, and can help determine what career path a person would like to follow. Previous students have learnt not just about animal care but improved skills in teamwork and communication. Placements are limited and due to the nature of the work at Mayhew they are allocated very quickly. Please note, for safeguarding reasons, we can only take on those aged 16 years or over – this is the case for any type of work experience or volunteering on site, we are unable to make special allowances. For more information on our work experience programme, please contact volunteer@mayhewanimalhome.org

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