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Job Description

As animal care worker you could work for an animal welfare charity or rescue centre. Tasks would include looking after the health and well being of the animals in the centre such as feeding, grooming, exercising and making sure the animals are fit and healthy. Animal welfare centres are always looking for volunteers and also sometimes paid help to run their rescue or care centres.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but some employers may ask for qualifications like GCSEs.

Experience of working with animals will help. You could gain this through voluntary work.

Taking a college course in an area like animal care could help you gain some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Lantra has more information on being an animal care worker.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager, or become self-employed.
You could also use your experience to move into other animal care careers, like veterinary nursing.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Animal technician
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Dog groomer
  • Kennel worker
  • Pet shop assistant

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A very keen interest in working with and caring for animals
  • Patience 
  • The ability to handle animals that may be timid or nervous
  • reliable 
  • confident 
  • cool under pressure 

Starting Salary

£11,000 to £15,000

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