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Is a career in animal care for you?

Want a fulfilling career where you get to spend time doing what you love? Read on to find out if you should join the growing industry of animal care. Jobs in animal care are on the rise. Did you know that over 63% of Australian homes have a pet? According to government figures, jobs in animal care are set to increase rapidly in the next few years. There are many Australian animals that need love and care, in the wild, in our urban environments, in our animal shelters, in our wildlife sanctuaries and in our homes.

What is the average salary for a career in animal care?

In Australia, animal attendants and trainers average a yearly salary of $49,972.

What kind of work is available in animal care?

Your career as an animal attendant or an animal trainer could take you many places. Some common animal care jobs take place in veterinarian offices, zoos, animal shelters, kennels and pet shops. Others use their qualification in animal care to start speciality animal services such as grooming, caring or training. You could be teaching animals how to behave or providing companionship and bonding - there are so many different options.

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Some common career options include:

  • Animal attendant or technician
  • Animal hospital assistant
  • Dog trainer
  • Groomer
  • Horse trainer
  • Zookeeper

How to get qualified to work in animal care:

There are many options for getting your start in a career in animal care. You can study in a classroom or online, and learn your course in a full-time, part-time or self-paced capacity.

Animal care courses available in Australia:

You might be considering a career in animal care, or just want to learn how to better care for the pets in your life. Either way there is a course for you, whether itís a short course or one you complete online.

Certificate in Animal Care

This course is a great first step to take if you'd like to work with animals. There are no pre-requisites, and the option to study in a classroom or online. It focuses a lot on dogs and cats, which makes it perfect for people who want to understand their pets and how to take care of them best. Areas of study include animal anatomy, optimal animal health, how to prevent and treat common animal diseases, proper handling of animals, and proper animal grooming techniques.

Certificate II in Animal Studies

This qualification is more focused on the animal care industry, with information on how to look after animals in environments like animal shelters, catteries, kennels and pet shops. Youíre encouraged to get practical experience with a placement so you can get hands-on knowledge as well. You can do this animal care course at TAFE or at another approved vocational course provider.

Certificate III in Animal Studies

This qualification lets you either focus on a specialisation like Grooming or Companion Animals, or continue to expand your knowledge about animal care. This course includes the core subjects discussed in Certificate II, as well as subjects including animal hygiene, young animal care, reception skills and simple breeding. Again it is recommended that you get work experience in your area of animal care interest.

Specialised Certificate IV Courses in Animal Care

When you get to this level itís time to learn a specialisation! Choose one of these exciting options:/

  • Certificate IV in Captive Animals
  • Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate IV in Pet Styling
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing