The Hunting Office is the governing and regulatory body for the Council of Hunting Associations. It is responsible for the administration of hunting across the UK and aims to promote and protect the interests of hunting and the hunting community. The office co-ordinates the insurance policies, the members handbooks, the Stud Books, liaises with various other organisations to promote the interests of hunting and provides support and advice for Hunts, Hunt Officials and Hunt Staff. The Hunting Office also runs a programme of Training Courses for Hunts, Hunts Staff and other Hunt Personnel to maintain professional standards and increase the foundation of knowledge amongst Hunt Staff and other supporters, to maintain the highest standards in animal care and welfare.
The Hunting Office Apprenticeship Scheme
The Hunting Office Apprenticeship Scheme, run in conjunction with Haddon Training, and supported by the Hunt Servants' Fund, aims to recruit and train young people wishing to pursue a career in hunting and offers a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Animal Care. Participating hunts can offer a practical, structured and supportive framework for apprentices to gain the appropriate transferrable skills and knowledge within the hunting industry.
The apprenticeship is based on practical training within the working kennels environment, supplemented by group teaching days throughout the course. The syllabus centres around the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Hounds in Hunt Kennels and gives an insight into all aspects of the Hunt.