Career outlook for animal care worker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would look after animals living in kennels, catteries or rescue centres and keep them healthy and happy.
You could care for dogs and cats, or other animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. You might care for donkeys, horses or even parrots.
- Prepare food and feed the animals
- Keep animals clean and groom them
- Exercise dogs in a yard or take them for walks
- Clean out kennels, pens and cages, and change bedding
- Look after animals who become ill or distressed
- Answer queries from colleagues and visitors
- Maintain the animal enclosures
If you work in an animal sanctuary or rescue centre some animals may be injured or distressed when they arrive so you'd have to try to keep them calm. You'd need to be gentle and confident when you handle them during their treatment.
In some jobs you might also keep records, take bookings and advise owners on how to look after their animals.
You could also get a job as:
- An animal welfare assistant at an animal adoption or re-homing centre
- An animal collection officer for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)
- An animal care auxiliary at an animal hospital
You might specialise in animal massage or hydrotherapy, working with animals recovering from injury or undergoing treatment for mobility problems.
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