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Animal Care

sleeping puppy cradled in arms (image: Lydia torrey on Unsplash)

Working with and for animals in domestic or captive settings such as wildlife hospital workers. also animal handling e.g. zoos and aviculture.

If you're looking for Wildlife Work (i.e. non-domesticated animals) click here.

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include Animal Care Worker, Zookeeper, RSPCA Officer, the National Careers Service has role profiles of all of these and many more (click the links)

Farm work often includes working in close contact with animals, in the countryside sector this could include Conservation Grazing projects. The National Careers Service profiles a Farm Worker.

This sector could include vets and veterinary nursing however this is already comprehensively covered by The Veterinary Record and Vet Times.

See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.

To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.

See current wildlife conservation volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

Skills, training and CPD.

There are many different skills and qualifications required to work with animals

If you're thinking of a career working with animals there are details of longer courses, such as agriculture, veterinary nursing and veterinary science, on the Training Directory here.

There is a range of Distance Learning courses in a range of subjects from Animal care to primate conservation, see these here.

Information and in depth articles

Conservation Grazing – the right animal in the right place at the right density, Rare Breeds Survival Trust    

Becoming a livestock checker, Lancashire Wildlife Trust

A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust

An unpredictable nature: working with wildlife, Secret World Wildlife Rescue

An interview with PC Gareth Jones, Beat Manager for the Ripon Rural Area, North Yorkshire Police

Are you sure you want to work with birds of prey?, The International Centre for Birds of Prey

So you want to be a wildlife camera operator..., Wildeye

The changing habitats of hedgehogs, Hedgehog Street

The differing roles of conservation volunteers, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Wildlife Rescue, Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue

Talking wildlife, cows and ostriches with Simon King, an interview

Wildlife Conservation work - the inside story, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


Useful organisations

BIAZA: British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

RSPCA