Employers and practitioners involved across the animal care industry are being called on to give their views on new professional standards.

Employers and practitioners involved across the animal care industry are being called on to give their views on new professional standards.

Land-based sector skills council Lantra has announced it will be reviewing the national occupational standards (NOS) for animal care and welfare, and is asking people in industry to get involved in the project.

Lantra's Lisa Jarvis is calling on views from industry, including vet practices. Animal care covers a range of businesses and jobs including dog grooming, zoos, microchipping, animal welfare, rescue and rehoming, as well as newer areas such as dog walkers, home-boarding and pet sitting.

RVN Lisa Jarvis, Lantra’s partnership manager for animal health and welfare, said: “The revised NOS will identify the detailed knowledge, understanding, ability and experiences somebody needs to carry out their job effectively.

“We are calling for all interested parties to take part in this project and ensure the revisions are driven by the welfare of all animals and relate to the range of career opportunities available across the UK.”

NOS outline the skills, knowledge and understanding required for individuals to carry out their job role in a consistent and competent manner and are built into a wide range of animal care qualifications.

As part of the Lantra review, interested parties can submit their views now informally, as well as part of working parties that will be running throughout summer 2013. Lantra will then ask people to participate in an online consultation running in November and December 2013.

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