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What are the most popular jobs in animal care?

Top Jobs in Animal Care that you can Pursue in 2023

In this video, we meet Sue Bain who has worked within the veterinary industry for many years including in the role as General Manager at AVT. She talks about the most popular jobs in Australia in animal care working with small animals, with a particular focus on roles available in growing areas of the industry.  

Popular jobs and growing opportunities in Animal Care

As pet ownership continues to surge in popularity across Australia, new employment opportunities have emerged for individuals interested in the field. The video sheds light on some of the most prevalent organisations hiring vocationally trained staff, primarily as animal attendants or carers, to work with small animals such as dogs and cats.

Sue’s thoughts on growing job opportunities in Animal Care 

Sue talks about some of the newer and growing areas of animal care she is seeing AVT Animal Care and Animal Studies graduates securing employment in:-

  • Dog Kennels and Catteries – particularly due to the growing popularity of dog ownership 
  • Dog Day Care Facilities – organisations providing enrichment and socialisation for animals whilst families are away from home for the day
  • Non-profit Shelter and Rescue Organisations – with a range of roles on offer
  • Pet Sitting and Dog Walking services 
  • Dog Grooming 
  • Dog Training and Service Animal Training

Start your Qualification in Animal Care

As the demand for animal care workers increases among new services provided by organisations, Sue advocates for individuals to acquire foundational knowledge and skills through the completion of a vocational animal care course. Here’s how to get started:

What are your options to get started?

Complete an Animal Care Qualification

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Gain skills and experience working with animals

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As part of your animal care qualification you will participate in practical training to gain the necessary entry level skills to get started. Alternatively we highly recommend volunteering at a local non-profit organisation.
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About AVT

We have been training animal care, animal behaviour and training, equine care and veterinary nursing students for over 25 years in Australia. Students who undertake AVT courses range from high school-aged students just starting their pre-vocational journey right through to mature-aged students seeking an alternative career path. Graduates are highly respected and sought after by industry professionals, businesses and organisations. If you want the background knowledge and skills to help you secure your career in the animal care industry, check out our qualifications here or gain new skills by studying one of our short courses.

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Follow your passion and get a dream job!

Start today and register for one of our nationally recognised qualifications across a broad range of animal related areas. You can start your career pathway with AVT. Learn about our courses.

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Choose from our range of courses

Choose a study mode to suit you and your location including flexible online learning from anywhere in Australia or on-campus in Perth WA.
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Online Entry Level

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Online)

This Online Course allows students up to 1 year to complete their qualification. It is an ideal starting point for those with very little or no prior knowledge or experience in the animal care industry.

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Animal Care Online Course

This is the most flexibile option for students who are not based in Perth or who would like to combine their studies with work, school or other commitments.
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On-Site Entry Level

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Health & Welfare)

Perfect for students who are seeking an introduction to the animal care industry, including experience and knowledge in the area of shelter care, rehoming, and welfare.

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Animal Health & Welfare

Gain essential practical handling skills at Perth's renowned Cat Haven and the Greyhounds as Pets rehoming facility. Plus participate in weekly classroom activities at AVT's Ascot campus.
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On-Campus Entry Level

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Vet Nursing Pathway)

A 14 week program delivered on campus to prepare you for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or to work as an Animal Attendant in a veterinary practice.

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Vet Nursing Pathway

Students enjoy a combination of practical training and classroom activities at our Animal Care Facility in Ascot and study essential theory online.
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Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been delivering Vet Nursing and Animal Care related courses for over 25 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Outstanding Track Record

A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report found 93% of AVT graduates were employed or enrolled in further study after training and 95% of graduates would recommend the training provided by AVT.

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Safe and Supported Learning

Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They're approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.

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