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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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 or 3 Apprentice Canine Carer
Closing Date:
30th July 2018
Salary:
£111.00 p/w
Location:
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
A fantastic opportunity for someone who has a keen love of animals to learn to be one of our Canine Carers, look after dogs and be part of a growing award winning team You will have a natural affinity with dogs and are basically dog lovers!
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Ipswich Veterinary Centre Visit
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
A visit to Ipswich Veterinary Centre including a tour of the facility and the CT scanner. Ipswich Veterinary Centre is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art veterinary practice and part of Suffolk’s long established Stowe Veterinary Group.
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Apprentice for mixed farming estate
Easton & Otley College are advertising on behalf of a local employer seeking a farming apprentice Wanted: Hard working individual with some experience required for arable work and work with cattle and sheep. Minimum 39 hour week, but hours will differ due t...
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Equine Apprentice with Sharon Hunt Eventing
Closing Date:
26th April 2018
Salary:
£148 per week
Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
A fantastic opportunity to begin a career as an equine apprentice working for an extremely prestigious yard.
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Apprentice Pig Stockperson with Genetic Solutions
Closing Date:
20th April 2018
Salary:
£200 per week
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
An excellent opportunity to join a progressive, family run, pig rearing and breeding business, working across several units with scope to learn about genetics and gain a wide range skills through additional certificated training courses.
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Recent Graduate - Linden House Veterinary Centre
Closing Date:
26th February 2018
Salary:
Competitive salary and benefits
Location:
Diss, Norfolk
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