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Job Description

An Animal Welfare Inspector will respond to calls from the public or authorities regarding possible animal welfare abuse or neglect. The inspector will attend the site and will speak with the owner of the animal if possible to ascertain if there is a problem, they will offer help and advice and take action to remove the animal if they feel it is necessary. They may be called to assist stricken or helpless animals and will help to provide a safe return to the owner.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths
  • experience of working with animals
  • a driving licence
  • the ability to swim 50 metres fully clothed

You'll need to pass a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) website has more information about this career.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to chief inspector then regional superintendent.

You could move into management or training roles at the RSPCAheadquarters.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Animal care worker
  • Animal technician
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Kennel worker
  • Veterinary nurse

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

A very keen interest in animals and a strong desire to contribute to their welfare is essential, you will also need good communication skills and an interest in people and what motivates them. You will need a full driving licence. Other skills required are the ability to be assertive but not aggressive, self motivated and the ability to learn.

Starting Salary

£19,250 to £30,000

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