How to become a Animal Attendant - Animal Shelter

Animal attendants in animal shelters feed and care for animals, rescue animals and apply basic first aid, and run tours of the shelter or sanctuary.

Personal requirements of a Animal Attendant - Animal Shelter

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good communication skills and enjoy working with people
  • mature and responsible
  • 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
  • observant and methodical.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.3%

NSW 27.9%

NT 1.3%

QLD 22.2%

SA 4.6%

TAS 1.9%

VIC 20.9%

WA 19.8%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 33.8%

Female 66.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.9%

Not completed Year 12: 21.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 36.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 24.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 16%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 41.8%

Above 35 years: 58.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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