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!

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

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Volunteering Opportunities: Theford Conservation Group - September & October
Closing Date:
30th October 2019
Location:
Thetford, Norfolk
If you are looking for that vital experience you need to get a job, try the Thetford Conservation Group. We are now recruiting volunteers on a flexible basis - join us on any Thursday and work as part of a team to learn new skills.
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Equine Centre Team Members- Work Experience
Closing Date:
30th September 2019
Location:
Norwich, Norfolk
Redwings the charity is a provider of everyday care for over 1,500 horses and donkeys at ten centres across the UK, including five Visitor Centres. In addition we have around 500 horses out on loan in private homes. Work Experience Placements Equine Centre T...
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AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME WHICH OPENS THE DOOR TO THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY
Location:
Newmarket
This course is for 16-22 year olds who are interested in a career in racing. Following a successful interview you will embark on this fourteen week programme where you’ll learn everything from horse riding to yard work.
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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. We will have cows, sheep, ho...
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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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