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Have you always wanted to work in animal care but don't have the time, support or funds to enrol in an expensive and lengthy degree? Is a job with animals on your bucket list, but you have never taken the first step? Don't let that deter you from your passion! Let us remind you that there are many ways you can care for animals and work towards your dream career. Please read below as we cover a few opportunities to work with animals minus the qualification.

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Become A Dog Trainer: 

Dog trainers not only help dogs master specific commands but also train them to perform specialised tasks, such as serving as guide dogs for individuals who are blind or assistant dogs for people living with a disability. Dog trainers require patience and persistence. They must have a genuine love for the animal they are training. Want to be a dog trainer? Start by researching the skills required; these are usually developed through practice and experience by working with dogs. Search for an apprenticeship with an experienced trainer, join a local dog obedience club, work in kennels or become a dog walker! Or study affordable, cheap online dog training courses

Animal Conservation And Welfare: 

Unfortunately, you will hear many sad stories about animal neglect in your lifetime. How can you help? One of the most effective ways to care for domestic or wild animals is by volunteering! This will give you hands-on experience in the animal care field and will provide you with valuable onsight training. The majority of paid employment can stem from volunteer positions. Make sure you research local organisations in your area or well-known contact companies such as RSPCA, IFAW, WIRES, and PETA, to name a few. You never know; there may be a free online course in australia waiting for you! 

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Veterinary Assistant: 

Veterinary assistants look after the basic needs of animals in the clinic's care. This includes (not limited to) feeding the animals, ensuring they're bathed, kennels or cages are sanitary, exercising, grooming or assisting with the medical care of animals. You may also help prep medical equipment and the consultation or surgery rooms. Vet assistants may meet and greet clinic customers and their pets, complete basic administration, cleaning and running of the clinic and many more ad-hoc tasks. This, in turn, may lead you to go on to study further and guide you to become a vet nurse.

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Dog Groomer:

Dog groomers perform numerous duties and services such as washing, brushing, grooming, cutting, detangling, and styling your pet's fur. They also tend to do more specialised tasks like clipping their nails and cleaning their eyes, ears, and teeth. So, if you want to make that puppy sparkle, you will need to love dogs, understand their psychology and behaviour, get hands-on experience, and practice, practice, and practice some more. If you are looking for primary education, an online dog grooming course could be of assistance to see if this is your career path! 

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Animal Attendant: Kennels and Catteries:

Are you starting out looking for a job with animals? Suppose you're a calm, physically active, mature person. In that case, a job as an animal attendant at the local zoo, boarding kennel, catteries, veterinary practice, doggy daycare or as a personal pet sitter may be a good fit for you. Tasks will include cleaning out kennels, cat runs, crates and cages. You are monitoring food distribution to each animal, administrating medications and flea treatments, and bathing and grooming all animals. You may need to admit and discharge the animals to their owners and much more! These are all things that you will learn in your vet course. 

The Pet Care industry is a rapidly growing profession. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook website, there are likely around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (about 2,400 a year). If you are curious about any jobs with animals, chat to a support team worker today. 

If you love working with animals and are looking for a starting point to get your career off the ground, considering a short CPD Approved animal care course could be the right first step for you! Check out our Animal Health Courses at Online Courses Australia for more information. To talk to us about enrolment, to learn about courses or understand online degrees in Australia or anything else, call 1300 611 404Enquire today about our vet courses and bundles! If you are curious about any jobs with animals, chat to a support team worker today. 


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