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Do you dream of a career in animal care but find yourself short on time, support, or the finances required for an expensive, lengthy degree? Is working with animals on your bucket list, yet you've never taken the first step? Don't let these obstacles deter you from pursuing your passion! We're here to remind you that numerous opportunities exist for you to care for animals and work towards your dream career. Please continue reading as we highlight various ways to work with animals without the need for extensive studying. 

Turn your love for animals into a rewarding career. Whether you aspire to work closely with animals every day or are committed to enhancing their health and well-being, our Veterinary Assistance Course provides the perfect Pathway.

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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? Volunteering is one of the most effective ways to care for domestic or wild animals! 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. Are you looking for a vet nurse course?

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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 and ears. So, if you want to make that puppy sparkle, you must 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 each animal's food distribution, administering 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. 

Pet Sitter or Carer:

If you have experience owning a pet, you might feel up to offering your friends and family a care service. Once you build up confidence and get some word-of-mouth recommendations, there are additional pet-sitting apps or house-sitting websites that you can explore. 

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 with a support team worker today. Explore our library of Animal Health Courses at Online Courses Australia for more information.

If you're passionate about animals and seeking a starting point to launch your career, consider enrolling in a short, CPD-approved animal care course. It could be your ideal first step towards realising your dream!

We understand choosing a career direction or the right course to study can be challenging; we are here to help. Contacting us is easy – simply call 1300 611 404 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, you can schedule a FREE career call at your preferred time... Book a call here 

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