How to become an animal care worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could take a college course in animal care, for example:
- Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Working in Animal Care Industries
- Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care
- T Level in Animal Care and Management
- Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Management
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You can do an an animal care and welfare assistant intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
It'll help to have some experience of working with animals before you start looking for a job.
Volunteering with animal rescue, animal sanctuaries or conservation charities can sometimes lead to paid work. You may need to do jobs like fundraising or administration first, as a way to get in.
You can search for volunteering opportunities on sites like:
Some of the bigger national animal charities include:
You may be able to find smaller animal charities in your area by searching on the internet.
Looking after your own pets, dog walking or pet sitting can be good ways of learning more about small animal care.
You can find out more about careers in animal care from the: