An Animal Rescue Centre Worker works directly with the animals within a rescue centre under the supervision of qualified professionals. This is a hands-on role that includes feeding, cleaning, exercising and grooming animals to keep them happy and healthy.
In day to day work you may; prepare feeds, clean out kennels/ enclosure, groom the animals, exercise the animals, care for sick or distressed animals, keep records, answer visitor queries, maintain enclosures.
Key Skills Required:
- Work effectively as part of a team
- Confident handling animals
- Excellent communication skills
Key Points to Know:
- You may be required to work unsociable hours e.g. evenings and weekends
- At times, this role can be physically and emotionally challenging
- This work may involve spending time outdoors in all weather conditions
To be an Animal Rescue Centre Worker you will need to:
Have passion and experience working with animals.
No formal qualifications are needed, however, there is often a lot of competition for these jobs. Therefore, it will strengthen your application to have a related qualification e.g. an animal care or animal management diploma.
Volunteering is the best way to get involved in animal care, experience is essential and once you have shown an organisation how hard working and passionate you are they will consider you next time a paid role is available. The volunteer work also strengthens your CV when applying for other jobs.
Estimated average salary: £11,000 – £15,000 annually.
As an Animal Rescue Centre Worker, you can anticipate employment in a variety of roles including:
- Rescue Centres
- Animal Charities
Being an Animal Rescue Centre Worker is a great hands-on role caring for animals. It will mainly involve caring for dogs and cats and other smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. You may also care for horses, donkeys and even rescued exotic pets. You may decide to further your study or work up to a managerial position.