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Animal care worker

Animal care workers look after animals in places like kennels, rescue centres and sanctuaries.

Potential salary
£13,500 to £22,000
Working hours
38 to 40 a week
  • 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.

You can find out more about careers in animal care from the National Land Based College UK and the College of Animal Welfare.

Data from National Careers Service.
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