Working with Animals

Getting Started

How to work with animals - a guide to getting started

Deciding what career path is for you

A career working with animals can be extremely rewarding and satisfying however, it can be hard to know where to begin to make your dream become reality when you have had little or no prior experience.  You may be thinking about the possible career options open to you after finishing studying or you may already be working in a different industry and considering a career change.  Whatever your current situation, learn more about choosing the right career path working with animals.

Seeking a qualification?

If you have chosen to start your career working with animals or you are already working in the animal care industry, a qualification in either Animal Care, Animal Studies, Horse Care, Animal Behaviour and Training or Veterinary Nursing is highly recommended. Being exposed to a blend of theory and workplace practical training you will have exposure to a range of new experiences as well as gaining new skills and techniques. As a graduate, this will also open the door to exciting new opportunities such as volunteering for projects in animal care facilities around the world and expanding your horizons in the job market. AVT qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia and offer students the latest information in animal care.

Need more knowledge or skills?

If you are looking for an opportunity to continue your education or gain some skills in a new area? Perhaps you would like to polish up your skills or learn the latest in animal care. Our short courses provide the perfect way for an experienced or qualified veterinary nurse, animal carer or individual working within the animal services industry to gain new skills, improve knowledge and gain further expertise in a speciality area.

Are you a High school student or leaver?

If you are a current high school student or graduate and are thinking about becoming a Veterinary Nurse, we recommend starting out with our entry level Certificate II courses.  ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care  and ACM20217 Certificate II in Horsecare are great places for students to start out.

To learn more about the options we recommend visiting our High School Students and Graduates page.

Still not sure what step is next?

Check out our comprehensive list of articles and posts about careers and tips working with animals, choosing a career path and learn more about the different roles in the animal care industry. Simply scroll through our articles to find the most relevant topics for you. 

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