Animal attendants provide food, water and care for animals.
Duties & Tasks
Animal attendants may perform the following tasks:prepare food (including special diets) and deliver food and water to animals
clean and prepare comfortable sleeping quarters for animals
clear away animal waste; clean, disinfect and maintain animal enclosures and cages; and check locks
bathe and groom animals, and treat them with insecticide to control insect pests
treat minor injuries and report serious health problems to veterinarians
administer basic medications as directed by veterinarians
transfer animals between enclosures
assist with animal behavioural assessments and behaviour modification
rescue injured and neglected animals
assist with euthanising animals humanely and handling of animals that have died
maintain animal records
talk with the public and other staff.
Working conditions vary depending on the place of work. Some attendants have to work on weekends and public holidays. Many work outdoors. Considerable contact with the public is involved when accepting donations and lost or unwanted animals, and when selling or adopting animals.
enjoy practical and manual activities
good communication skills and enjoy working with people
mature and responsible
able to work well in a team
free from allergies aggravated by animal hair, fur, feathers and dust
able to cope with the physical demands of the job, undertaking manual and sometimes heavy work
able to handle animals with confidence and patience
interested in animals and their welfare
observant and methodical.