Career Profile - Animal Care Worker

The UK’s animal care industry offers plenty of rewarding long-term career options, from veterinary nurse to zookeeper and everything in between. Read on to find out more about a career as an Animal Care Worker.

What does an Animal Care Worker do?

As an Animal Care worker, you will be responsible for the care of animals in kennels, rescue centres, veterinary clinics and even zoo’s.

The jobs you will be expected to do range from grooming, preparing food, cleaning out enclosures and cages, exercising animals, to dealing with customers by answering calls and queries.

What kind of person makes a good Animal Care Worker?

 A good Animal Care worker will have:

  • a genuine love for animals and their welfare
  • confidence in handling animals
  • ability to work in a variety of environments, indoor and outdoor
  • a caring, patient nature
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • a can-do attitude – you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty!
What does a typical day for an Animal Care Worker look like?

Animals need care all hours of the day, seven days of the week. Therefore, it is likely you will be asked to work shifts, meaning your day could start early in the morning, or finish late at night. Each day will be different and bring its own challenges and rewards, but you can count on every day being filled with the love of an animal you are caring for.

What qualifications do you need?

You will need a formal qualification in an animal care related subject.

A nationally recognised qualification in Animal Care on Animal Management from Calderdale College will:

  • greatly improve your chances of gaining meaningful employment once you’ve completed your course
  • Train you in how to care for animals, from small domestic animals, to farm livestock and exotic creatures
  • Teach you the essential skills and knowledge relating to every animal family, so you can explore as many employment opportunities as possible after your time with us
What do our partners say?

We work very closely with Thornwood Alpaca Farm and every year students have the opportunity to learn essential animal care skills on the farm. They said:

“Students from Calderdale College are more than a great help on the farm. They help handle all the animals we have including the day to day husbandry tasks; cleaning, feeding and handling. They also maintain the wellbeing of our animals to a really high standard. They take their roles as Animal Care Workers seriously and are an asset to the farm. I have no doubt they will make great professionals one day.”