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An RSPCA inspector works with both animals and the public to prevent cruelty to animals, and to investigate instances of animal cruelty in conjunction with the police.


What does a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector do?
The daily responsibilities of an RSPCA/SSPCA inspector include:

  • Work with the public to ensure animals are safe

  • Climb heights or enter confined areas to perform animal rescues

  • Carry and move heavy equipment and animals

  • Put yourself in danger in order to safeguard others

  • Enter unusual environments such as water or marshes to rescue animals

What skills and interests should an RSPCA/SSPCA inspector have?
RSPCA/SSPCA inspectors will need to be comfortable working in hazardous locations and with potentially dangerous animals. You will need to be physically fit. They may come into contact with upsetting situations and will need to be adept at handling difficult situations. You will need to be caring and devoted to animal welfare in order to be successful as an inspector. Inspectors will require a full UK driving licence.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Diplomacy
What hours does a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector typically do?
Working hours are irregular and you will be required to work evenings and weekends on a frequent basis.
What environment is a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector based in?
You may be based in a rescue centre but will be called out to a variety of environments as part of your daily routine.
How much does a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector travel?
Travel is part of the job. You must be prepared to travel to where animals require rescue or controlling.
How much does a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector get paid?
Starting salaries are around £14,000 per annum but with experience and training you can earn up to £22,000.
Perks & benefits
You will be required to work outdoors and with animals on a regular basis, if this is an attractive prospect.
Typical progression opportunities for a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector
To become an RSPCA inspector, you must successfully complete 19 training units contained within a series of modules. Training is normally completed within a year.
What qualifications does a RSPCA/SSPCA inspector need?
A degree is not essential but beneficial. The RSPCA looks for five GCSEs, including Maths and English, as a minimum.

You must hold a full UK driving licence upon completing your application and must be an experienced driver.
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