Animal care job vacancies are available in a range of different fields. Individuals who are
interested in working with, and caring for, animals for a living may be able to find work in veterinary
surgeries, animal research centres, training establishments, stables, kennels or catteries. Most animal care
job vacancies will require a range of different skills and abilities. The general working conditions of the
job, pay and progression potential and experience requirements will usually vary according the specific
industry and field.
Veterinary Practice Vacancies
Animal care vacancies in this area may include positions such as vet, vet nurse and animal
Veterinarian - A vet is essentially a doctor for animals and needs to undergo extensive
training at University in order to be able to provide medical assistance and support to animals and their
owners. Veterinarians provide treatment to injured or sick animals and give owners advice about diet, disease
prevention and behavioural issues.
Animal Nurse – An animal nurse assists the vet in surgery and also performs general nursing
duties such as changing dressings, supplying medication and monitoring the health of animals who are at the
Animal Attendant - An animal attendant is responsible for the day-to-day general care and
grooming of animals in the vet surgery. Animal attendants groom and wash animals, feed them, exercise them and
may make observations about health and behaviour.
Stables, Kennels and Catteries
Many vacancies in animal care exist in stables, kennels and catteries. Animal care jobs in
this area require individuals to care for, accommodate and exercise animals on behalf of owners or trainers.
Many people leave their animals in these environments for brief periods of time while they travel away from
home. These vacancies usually require that individuals have experience working with animals. Animal care
workers who have good animal handling skills and a strong knowledge of animal behaviour will have a good job
prospects. Duties in these types of positions include bathing, grooming, cleaning cages, exercising and playing
with animals under supervision.
Vacancies exist in animal training centres. For individuals with experience who are unable
to find suitable training vacancies, there is the potential to set up business as an independent animal
trainer. The strongest demand in this area is for racehorse training services and dog training services.
Racehorse trainers have highly specialized industry knowledge and usually have a background in jockeying,
breeding or racehorse ownership. Horse trainers need an excellent understanding of horse behaviour, racing
rules and practices, horse training strategies and methods. Dog trainers may run specific training ‘schools’
that owners can attend on a weekly basis. Dog trainers teach owners effective strategies for managing their
Vacancies in animal care exist in many different areas. Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Kennel
Club, the RSPCA and the Institute of Animal Technology are some of the main organizations responsible for
caring for, researching and working with animals. There a many job opportunities available in the animal care
field for individuals who possess the necessary training, skills and knowledge.