Animal attendants provide food, water and care for animals.
You can work as an animal attendant without formal qualifications.You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications.You may like to consider a VET qualification in animal studies, animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services or a related area. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an animal attendant through a traineeship in Animal Studies, Companion Animal Services, Animal Technology or Captive Animals. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training at school.
Animal attendants may perform the following tasks:
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.
Animal attendants can work in a wide range of workplaces, including animal shelters, catteries, kennels, dog parlours or salons, pet shops, larger veterinary hospitals and clinics, zoos,circuses, theme parks and wildlife parks. Competition for jobs is strong as there are usually many more people seeking to enter this occupation than there are positions available. Dog clipping and grooming is a growth area that may provide self-employment opportunities.
A kennel hand receives dogs and cats from their owners, tags them for identification, then exercises, feeds and grooms them.
A pet groomer washes, dries, brushes, combs, cuts and styles pets' coats, and cares for their nails, ears, eyes and skin. They may specialise in creative special dye work and imaginative themes to enter competitions, or prepare purebred dogs and cats for shows.
A pet shop attendant sells pet food and accessories as well as animals to customers.