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Animal care workers look after animals in a variety of different settings under supervision, including kennels and catteries, animal welfare centres, farm parks, zoos and aquariums, and grooming establishments and veterinary hospitals.


What does an Animal care worker do?
As an animal care worker your duties will include:

  • Cleaning out the animal accommodation

  • Changing bedding

  • Ensuring that the animal enclosures are maintained and meeting safety regulations

  • Cleaning and grooming the animals

  • Preparing food and supervising at feeding time

  • Assisting with moving the animals

  • Checking for signs of injury or illness

  • Providing enrichment to the enclosure

  • Keeping relevant records up-to-date and making bookings when necessary

  • Answering questions and queries from visitors

  • Provide exercise opportunities for animals

Skills & interests required for an Animal care worker
Animal care workers have to be passionate about animal welfare and looking after the animals under their charge. They may also need to interact with the general public in an educational context, describing the animals they’re looking after and sharing information.
What hours does an Animal care worker typically do?
You will typically work standard full-time hours; however, as animals need 24 hours care, 7 days a week, then a shift system for working is normally in place. This may require you to work early starts, weekends, bank holidays and evenings.
What environment is an Animal care worker based in?
You will work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.
How much does an Animal care worker travel?
Travel is not typical in this role, though on the rare occasion that animals are poorly then you may be required to travel with them to an veterinary hospital.
How much does an Animal care worker get paid?
Starting salaries are usually in line with the national minimum wage, and therefore, you may earn up to £13,000 or more. With more experience you can earn around £14,000 a year.
What qualifications does an Animal care worker need?
There are no official requirements for this role, though a good standard of general education is preferable.
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