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Animal care services occupations n.e.c.

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£13,520 pile of coins

Age 35

£22,360 pile of coins

Age 50

£24,440 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £16,120

What does this career do?

Workers in this unit group care for animals held in kennels, stables, zoos and similar establishments, provide specialised training, grooming, clipping and trimming services for animals, and searches for and captures stray or nuisance dogs in public areas and perform a variety of animal care tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 613: Animal Care and Control Services.

Typical tasks

  • feeds, washes, grooms, trims and exercises animals
  • cleans animals’ quarters and renews bedding as necessary
  • houses, feeds, exercises, trains, grooms horses, dogs and other animals in preparation for entry to shows, races and other events
  • checks animals for illness, treats minor ailments or calls for vet if further treatment is required
  • meets prospective owners and advises on animal selection and animal care
  • patrols public areas to search for and capture stray or nuisance dogs, and transports captured animals to kennels.

Current entry requirements

Entry is possible without formal academic qualifications, although some employers may ask for GCSEs/S grades. There is a variety of vocational qualifications available, including NVQs/SVQs in Animal Care at Levels 1 and 2, in Dog Grooming at Levels 2 and 3, and BTEC qualifications and apprenticeships relating to Horse Care.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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