Like the idea of working with animals? Perhaps you’re a bit of an animal lover and looking for a job working with animals, yet all the conventional roles such as a vet, marine biologist or zoologist require a degree.
No degree, no worries! Here we’re rounded up some career options for animal lovers who don’t have the more formal qualifications:
Dog trainerDog trainers help dogs master specific commands and may also train animals to perform specialised tasks such as serving as guide dogs for individuals who are blind. Dog trainers require patience and persistence and the best way to learn how to be a dog trainer is by apprenticing with an experienced trainer.
Animal breederAnimal breeders help determine which animals should be bred and in some cases, artificially inseminate animals. The duties of an animal breeder can also involve providing routine care for animals such as feeding them and cleaning up after them.
Vet assistantVeterinary assistants look after the basic needs of animals in their care by feeding them, ensuring they're bathed and keeping their kennels or cages clean. Sometimes they may also assist vets with the medical care of animals such as giving animals injections and performing other tasks like preparing medical equipment for use.
Dog groomerDog groomers perform a number of duties such as brushing pets out before the bath, bathing and drying them after the bath. They may then perform more specific tasks such as cleaning their ears, eyes, and trimming nails. It’s worth gaining work experience before you step out on your own and you may even need to be prepared to work on a volunteer basis to get some experience under your belt.
Animal attendentIf you’re a calm and mature person then a job as an animal attendant at boarding kennels, catteries or even a veterinary practice may be a good job for you. Tasks include cleaning out kennels and cat runs, feeding (and making sure the right food goes to the right pets), admitting pets to the facility, giving tablets and flea treatments, bringing pets to the owners, taking pets to the exercise yards, bathing and drying pets.
While it can be a bit of a physical and dirty job you’ll get time to spend cuddling and sometimes exercising the pets.
The Pet Care industry is a rapidly growing profession. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook website there are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,400 a year).