About Animal Welfare

Animal care can be hugely rewarding covering a large expanse of careers from zoo keeping, pet grooming and cattery management to veterinary medicine, equine dentistry, guide dog training and much more.

Newmarket, Suffolk is often referred to as the headquarters of British horseracing and is home to the largest cluster of training yards in the country including the British Racing School.

East anglia also provides great training for those looking to start their career with animals with courses at Easton and Otley College and West Suffolk College.

To have a successful career in this sector you will obviously need a love of animals and have a very caring and sympathetic nature. You will also need to be dedicated and prepared to work long unsociable hours, after all animals need feeding and looking after at weekends, in the evenings and on bank holidays as well as during the normal working week. However job satisfaction is high and can make all of the hard work worthwhile.

A good way to start out in the animal care sector is by volunteering, this will provide you with valuable experience which you can include on your CV and will give you a good insight into the sector.

There are many different job roles with animals to consider, you will need to determine which ones are best suited to you and what qualifications you will require.

Take a look at video case studies below and follow the various links to see if there is something that interests you!

Did You Know?
The United Kingdom was the first country in the world to implement laws protecting animals in 1822.

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Africa Alive
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Banham Zoo
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Careers at CVS Group Plc
British Racing School
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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice (Ipswich, Martlesham) : Pets at Home Ltd
Closing Date:
6th March 2020
Salary:
£152.10 p/w
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
You will work alongside the Salon team to provide a high standard of pet care and customer service. Following Pets at Home’s in house training program you will develop the skills to groom a variety of breeds. You will start with preparing dogs for their groom;...
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Heritage Farm Volunteer Role
Closing Date:
27th March 2020
Salary:
n/a - Volunteer position
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
The museum is looking for people to help run our brand new Heritage Farm, the farm will be opening to the public in May/June 2019 but we need a hand getting everything ready as well as looking after the area once it has opened.
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Work Experience
Location:
Kessingland, Suffolk
Work experience placements with the Animal Management Department at Africa Alive!
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Volunteer Scheme
Our wonderful team of Volunteers are invaluable in helping us continue to grow and develop as a charity.
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CVS Graduate Programme 2020
Closing Date:
31st January 2020
Salary:
£31,000
Location:
Opportunities available across the UK
Are you looking for a complete graduate programme, designed by experienced vets, which will fully support you in your first years in practice?
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Get a Head start with Talking Heads!
Find out what it's like to work for local employers in these video case-studies.
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