Kennel Hand Courses

What does a Kennel Hand do?

A Kennel Hand attends to the daily duties involved in operating a boarding kennel. Your role might involve cleaning enclosures for dogs to stay in, washing their bedding or disposing of dog waste. You might have to prepare their food, refresh their water supplies or provide any necessary medications. You’ll take them out to get plenty of exercise and you might spend time playing or giving them affection. You may also get to wash, brush and groom the dogs staying at the kennel.

Being a Kennel Hand requires a lot of manual labour and you may have to handle large dog breeds. You’ll need to have excellent dog handling skills and be able to deal with any behavioural issues. You’ll need to be energetic and organised as you’ll usually have many dogs to look after at once. Kennel Hands often have to work different shifts including weekends and public holidays.


How much does a Kennel Hand earn?

In Australia, a full time Kennel Hand 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 Hand?

While there are 16,500 people working as animal attendants in Australia, only a small percentage of these are employed as Kennel Hands. The number of people in this industry is expected to increase over the next five years. Kennel Hands may find work in all areas of Australia.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal – 2019 Occupation Projections

How do I become a Kennel Hand?

If a career as a Kennel Hand interests you might consider enrolling in a Certificate II or III in Animal Studies. This course looks at various aspects of animal care like health monitoring, grooming and nutrition. You could also think about a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services.

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