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?
A domestic cat can outrun Usain Bolt, the top speed of a cat is 29.8mph and Usain's top speed is 27.79mph.

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Banham Zoo
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Trainee Animal Keeper
Easton & Otley College - Otley
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Easton Campus Open Day 2015
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21 Job roles in this sector

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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice Pets at Home, Lowestoft : Pets at Home Ltd
Closing Date:
27th April 2019
Salary:
£152.10
Location:
Lowestoft, 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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Apprentice Animal Keeper vacancy
Closing Date:
27th March 2019
Salary:
£3.90 per hour from 1st April and then minimum wage after first year (depending on age)
Location:
Lowestoft
We have a very exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Animal Keeper to join our Zoo Animal Management (ZAM) team and acquire specialist on the job training. These vacancies are only open to those aged 18 and over due to provisions under the Young People at Wo...
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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice : Pets at Home Ltd
Closing Date:
19th March 2019
Salary:
£144.30 p/w
Location:
Bury St. Edmunds, 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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VOLUNTEER SCHEME
Our wonderful team of Volunteers are invaluable in helping us continue to grow and develop as a charity.
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Course Advice Day - 6th April 2019
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
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Course Advice day - 9th March 2019
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
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