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What does an Animal Control Officer do?

An Animal Control Officer helps to enforce laws relating to the treatment of animals. You might have to help capture animals that are lost or have been abandoned or deal with an animal that is behaving dangerously. Animal Control Officers might investigate complaints about the mistreatment of animals and may have to prepare reports on their findings or appear in court in animal care cases. Animal Control Officers might also spend time working in animal shelters.

Animal Control Officers need excellent animal handling skills. You’ll have to be patient and confident with all sorts of animals, even those acting aggressively. Animal Control Officers work a range of shifts and are often required on weekends. You’ll need good administrative skills and have to be an excellent problem solver. You’ll be working as part of a larger group so teamwork and communication are crucial.

Animal Control Officer Courses

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How much does an Animal Control Officer earn?

In Australia, a full time Animal Control Officer generally earns $1,050 per week ($54,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Animal Control Officer?

There are currently 16,500 animal attendants in Australia and many of them are employed as Animal Control Officers. This number is expected to increase over the next five years. Animal Control Officers can be found in all areas of Australia.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal – 2019 Occupation Projections

How do I become an Animal Control Officer?

A Certificate III in Animal Studies is a good option if you’re considering becoming an Animal Control Officer. This course usually takes six months and covers everything you need to know about the care, capture, handling and transportation of animals.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within animal control and regulation. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.