About Animal Welfare

Animal care can be hugely rewarding covering a large expanse of careers from zoo keeping, pet grooming and cattery management to farming, 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 College,  Suffolk Rural (formerly Otley College), East Coast College,  College of West Anglia 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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The United Kingdom was the first country in the world to implement laws protecting animals in 1822.

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Easton College
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Animal Care Apprenticeships
Cambs Norfolk and Suffolk, East Anglia Region
Animal Care Apprenticeships Animal Welfare Care Assistant Apprentice Bourne Hill Kennels & Cattery, Ipswich Intermediate L2 £144 per week Closing date: 21 Apr 2022 Vacancy Ref: VAC0001837059 Equine Groom Level 2 Apprentice (Oak Farm Livery) OAK FA...
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Junior Farm Assistant
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7th May 2022
Minimum wage for your age
Hoveton, Norfolk
We’re on the look out for members of team to work on Junior Farm. The role includes; serving our visitors, offering educational talks, animal care, mucking out and much more. Please note this role is not solely animal care, in fact animal care is a small part....
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Suffolk Wildlife Trust Teen Career Fair
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19th March 2022
Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Suffolk
Join Suffolk Wildlife Trust for our teen career fair! We shall have real colleagues from reserves, learning, Income generation, conservation, membership and visitor experience sharing their knowledge and tips on how to get into roles like theirs.
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Godolphin on icanbea...
Godolphin is a global thoroughbred breeding and horseracing operation, with first-class stables and stud farms situated in Newmarket in Suffolk and several other countries around the world including the United Arab Emirates, Australia, The United Sates, Irelan...
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Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession
Learn what it takes to become a vet and explore the challenges of the vet profession to decide if it's the right career for you.
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Find out what it's like to work for local employers in these video case-studies.
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