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Animal Care Careers | Jobs in Animal Care


Working with animals is an increasingly popular career choice. Many people begin working with animals at an early age – they may instinctively have a desire to care for animals and for them a hobby can be transformed into a fulfilling career. For others, working with animals is a rewarding career change that allows them to fulfil a lifelong dream. Whatever your current position having good work experience, life skills and being able to demonstrate a genuine interest in animal welfare for example by enrolling on one of our courses, will give you a good chance of being employed in the animal care sector.

  • A career with animals can involve either working directly with animals: e.g. vets, vet nursing, dog wardens, RSPCA Inspectors, animal care assistants, rangers, dog and cat behaviourists, and handlers, or working in an office based position, e.g. management, administrative or personnel positions.
  • Dog lovers in particular have many options open to them, and can choose from a wealth of rewarding careers. If you want to work from home, you may want to consider dog home boarding. Dog trainers are often self-employed as well, so can enjoy job benefits like flexibility. For those who love spending time outdoors, dog walking has become a popular career choice.
  • One growing sector of employment includes various animal behaviourists. You may find opportunities for animal psychologists or pet behaviour counsellors. Regardless of the title, these jobs are concerned with diagnosing and treating behavioural problems in animals. Both domestic pets and zoo animals are treated for conditions such as phobias or aggression.
  • You might be surprised at the opportunities available for working with undomesticated animals. Zoo jobs range from animal husbandry to zoo keeper. Zoo personnel are responsible both for the animals in their care and the public who comes to visit them.

These are only a few of the many opportunities for working with animals. The good news is that almost every type of job can be sampled on a volunteer basis. Not only will that give you a hands-on trial to determine if the job is really for you, it will also provide invaluable experience that together with the knowledge gained on our pet care courses could very well ensure an offer of employment if you choose to follow that career path. Employers will be looking for strong commitment and desire, and a willingness to work long hours and on weekends.

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