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Job Description

An Animal Welfare Inspector will respond to calls from the public or authorities regarding possible animal welfare abuse or neglect. The inspector will attend the site and will speak with the owner of the animal if possible to ascertain if there is a problem, they will offer help and advice and take action to remove the animal if they feel it is necessary.

Entry Requirements

You can get this job through:


You could do a course in animal care, which may help when you come to apply for a training place.

You will need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.

The following local colleges offer courses in Animal Care:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course

Applying directly

You can apply directly for trainee inspector vacancies. You should be willing to move to another part of the country to do your training, if necessary.

To be taken on as a trainee you'll need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
  • experience of working with animals

If your application is successful, you'll be invited to a selection day where you'll complete a series of assessments and an interview.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a good level of fitness
  • have the ability to swim 50 metres fully clothed
  • pass enhanced background checks
  • have a full driving licence
  • be able to cope with working at height

Career Tips

You should get experience by volunteering with an animal welfare charity, animal refuge or at one of the RSPCA's own animal care centres.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) website has more information about this career.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to chief inspector then regional superintendent.

You could move into management or training roles at the RSPCA headquarters.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Animal care worker
  • Animal technician
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Kennel worker
  • Veterinary nurse

Required Skills

  • A very keen interest in animals and a strong desire to contribute to their welfare is essential
  • good communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • self motivated
  • the ability to learn
  • patience
  • the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Salary Range

£19,250 to £30,000

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