- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be flexible and open to change
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- customer service skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As an animal care worker, you'll:
- monitor animals' health
- clean out kennels or cages
- prepare food and help out at feeding times
- clean and groom animals
- look after animals that become ill or distressed
- answer queries from colleagues and visitors
- exercisie dogs in a yard or take them for walks
You could work at an animal welfare centre, at a wildlife park or in kennels.
Your working environment may be dirty, outdoors some of the time and physically demanding.
With experience, you could become a supervisor or manager, or work self-employed.
You could also use your experience to move into other animal care careers, like veterinary nursing, or find work in a zoo or wildlife park.