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Animal Attendant

Provide care, exercise and enrichment activities to animals.
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What's it like to be an Animal Attendant?

Animal Attendants work directly with animals, providing basic care, exercise and enrichment activities. They perform the daily tasks that keep animals in care happy and healthy.Shifts can vary and may require unusual hours on any day of the year.

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Tasks and duties

  • Preparing food (including special dietary supplements) and provide water to animals in care.
  • Preparing comfortable bedding and sleeping arrangements for animals.
  • Cleaning animal enclosures. This includes clearing away animal waste, disinfecting and cleaning, and checking locks.
  • Bathing animals, cleaning ears, clipping nails and treating coats to control pests.
  • Grooming animals’ coats.
  • Administering basic medications under veterinary supervision.
  • Treating minor injuries and notifying veterinarians of any serious health issues.
  • Rescuing animals, and assisting with behavioural assessments and training.
  • Transferring animals between cages and enclosures.
  • Assisting with humane euthanisation and handling animals that have died.
  • Observing, taking notes and maintaining animal records.
  • Talking with customers, staff, and inspectors.
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How to become an Animal Attendant


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You can find work as an Animal Attendant without formal qualifications, but there are courses that can help you gain confidence and work experience.

  1. Volunteer at your local animal rescue organisation or veterinary clinic and gain experience on the job or as part of a traineeship.
  2. Consider a Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20117) or a Certificate III in Animal Studies (ACM30117) through TAFE or a registered training organisation.
  3. To gain experience in this industry and to boost your resume, you can also volunteer working with animals.

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Certificate II in Animal Studies

This certificate will prepare you for an entry level role in the animal care and management industry.

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Certificate III in Animal Studies

With this certificate you will gain the skills to prepare for a role assisting with animal care.

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How do Animal Attendants rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 17 Animal Attendants surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.6
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
3.0
Job security
3.3
Pay / Salary
3.1
Variety of work
3.9

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Latest Animal Attendant reviews

Latest reviews from 16 Animal Attendants surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
The animal care industry is a hard job mentally and physically and is not for everyone
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Shelter Animal Attendant
The good things
To able to go to work and care for the animals that I’m responsible for is the most rewarding thing about my job.
The challenges
Management is the main problems at work either not being heard or Not being taken seriously when raising issues about certain aspects of the job
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May 2021
Duality of Animal Care
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Captive Animals
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Animal Care
The good things
It is a very hands on position with a large variety of animals, from cats to cockatoos. You work with a team of like minded people who are there because they care about the animals. Knowing you are be...
The challenges
It is a physical and emotional job in a very fast paced environment. You will see animals in poor condition, from neglect situations to animal abuse. Euthanasia is an unfortunate and often occurrence....
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