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If you choose to have a career in Animal Care you’ll be sure to feel enlightened, challenged, responsible and delighted to be one of the lucky ones who get to work with animals. 

You’ll need to be caring and responsible if you want to enjoy a career in Animal Care and can pay attention to fine details so that you can learn to identify problems or illnesses that the animals in your care may have. 

Skills that you’ll learn are exercising, feeding, grooming and training animals.  You’ll also need to assess the animal's diet, feed them, medicate them and clean out their habitats.  It can be a physically demanding position but one that will be filled with much joy.

Job Opportunities

Think a career in Animal Care is for you?  You’ll be more assured when you read these facts taken from Payscale;

  • You’ll be able to work full-time or part-time if needed in this career. There are plenty of positions available all over the country.
  • Salaries can average at approximately AU $49,000 depending upon position and location.
  • Qualifications are not necessary at entry level; however, certifications will aid your career and income prospects.
  • Animal Care is a growing industry with new opportunities frequently arising.

Types of Courses

Just a short course in Animal Care will enhance your opportunity for a position in Animal Care.  But the higher certification levels will place you in a strong position for better pay and a specialised career. 

VET Qualifications (Vocational Education and Training) are the most common qualifications in Animal Care.  Although some roles will require degree level education.

Short Courses:

Short Courses are a great way to get started in your career in Animal Care.  If you take a short course, you’ll learn what aspects of this career you might like, or dislike.   There are also a variety of short courses available that will help you demonstrate to future employers your willingness to learn and grow in your chosen role.  

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate I Courses: 

Take your Certificate  I in Animal Studies, and you’ll learn the basics of animal care.  This qualification can help you to find work as an assistant in places such as in shelters, kennels, catteries and pet stores.

Certificate II Courses:

A Certificate II in Animal Care will provide you with an excellent grounding in all aspects of Animal Care.  You’ll learn the basics, and will be able to position yourself well in future job vacancies because of the knowledge you’ve gained from a Certificate II qualification. 

Certificate III Courses:

This qualification is a more detailed qualification and suits those who wish to progress their career. If you are operating at an assistant level, you’ll have enough work experience to get you through this course.

Career Outcomes

Animal Care careers can be achieved through a variety of positions and in a variety of animal care situations.  Some will require more education than others, but to give you a guide, here are some of the positions available in Animal Care;

  • Animal Attendant
  • Pet Groomer
  • Animal Scientist
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Pet Exerciser
  • Assistant Zookeeper
  • Wildlife Animal Carer
  • Pet Shop Manager

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