Animal Care Attendant Kaitiaki Kararehe

Animal care attendants care for, and clean up after animals in places like kennels, pet shops and animal shelters.

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Animal care attendants may do some or all of the following:

  • clean and maintain animal enclosures
  • feed, bathe, groom, and exercise animals, and check their behaviour and health
  • treat animals for minor injuries and illnesses under veterinary supervision
  • help with animal training and research
  • keep records and carry out office work.

Depending where they work, animal care attendants may also:

  • serve customers
  • supervise volunteers
  • collect payments
  • keep accounts and stock records.

Physical Requirements

Animal care attendants need to have a good level of fitness, as they may need to do a lot of walking.

They must also be strong, as they need to lift heavy animals and equipment.  

Useful Experience

Useful experience for animal care attendants includes paid or volunteer work with animals.

Personal Qualities

Animal care attendants need to:

  • care about animals and be confident working with them
  • be excellent communicators, as they may have to deal with people in stressful situations, and handle conflict
  • be calm and reliable
  • be quick-thinking and able to follow instructions
  • be able to work well alone and in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for animal care attendants includes paid or volunteer work with animals.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but science subjects and English are useful.

Animal Care Attendants can earn around $19-$20 per hour per year.

Animal care attendants may progress to set up their own business, such as a dog-walking service or animal day care, or move into management.

With further training, animal care attendants may progress to become veterinary nurses or zookeepers.

Animal care attendants may specialise in caring for specific animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits or fish.

Animal Care Attendant

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