Kennel Attendant Courses

What does a Kennel Attendant do?

A career as a Kennel Attendant can be a lot of fun but it’s also hard work. You’ll look after pet dogs staying in a boarding kennel while their owners are away. You’ll usually have quite a few dogs in the kennel at any one time and you’ll have to make sure they are fed with nutritionally sound meals and given plenty of fresh water. You’ll also have to keep the facility clean, including their bedding and enclosures. Kennel Attendants make sure dogs have plenty of exercise during their day and give each dog some individual attention. A Kennel Attendant also liaises with dog owners during check in and check out times.

Kennel Attendants will need to be energetic and have plenty of patience. You’ll be dealing with all breeds of dogs and you’ll need to be confident in all aspects of their care. It’s quite a physical job and you’ll often work long days and some weekends. It also involves people skills so you’ll need to be good at teamwork and communication.


How much does a Kennel Attendant earn?

In Australia, a full time Kennel 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 a Kennel Attendant?

The number of people working as a Kennel Attendant is expected to increase over the next five years. There are currently 16,500 animal attendants in Australia and a small percentage of these workers are employed as Kennel Attendants. Kennel Attendants can be found in all areas of Australia.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal – 2019 Occupation Projections

How do I become a Kennel Attendant?

If you’re interested in a career as a Kennel Attendant you could start by enrolling in a Certificate II or III in Animal Studies. This is a great course if you’re working with animals and it covers animal nutrition, health care and grooming. You could also consider a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services.

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Job Pathways

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service ( funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and