Animal Shelter Attendant Courses

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What does an Animal Shelter Attendant do?

An Animal Shelter Attendant helps care for animals that are lost, have been neglected or have been surrendered by their owners. You’ll care for them in a shelter until their owners can be found or until the shelter finds a new family for them. Your duties will include feeding, watering and exercising the animals each day. Animal Shelter Attendants will have to wash and groom animals and keep a close eye on their health. You’ll also have to clean their bedding and enclosures and dispose of any animal waste.

Animal Shelter Attendants need to be very confident with animals and comfortable with a range of animal temperaments. You might have to show potential new animal owners through the shelter so you’ll also need people skills. The role requires some manual labour and you’ll have to be prepared to get your hands dirty. Animal Shelter Attendants work as part of a team so communication skills are also essential.

Animal Shelter Attendant Courses

There are 1 courses available for people who want to become a Animal Shelter Attendant.

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How much does an Animal Shelter Attendant earn?

In Australia, a full time Animal Shelter Attendant generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 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 Shelter Attendant?

The number of animal attendants in Australia is expected to increase in the future. There are currently 16,500 animal attendants and many of them are hired in animal shelters. This number is expected to increase to 18,200 over the next five years.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal – 2019 Occupation Projections

How do I become an Animal Shelter Attendant?

If you’d like to work as an Animal Shelter Attendant you could start by completing a Certificate III in Animal Studies. This course covers the topics you need to look after animals in your care like health, nutrition and hygiene.

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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.