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Animal Care Assistant

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Animal care assistants look after the animals in their care by making sure they are kept clean, comfortable, exercised and fed. They look after animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs or birds.

They are also known as animal boarding assistants or kennel or cattery workers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay rates for new entrants to the job of animal care assistant vary. The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2018 the National Minimum Wage is £4.20 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over.

Pay rises with experience, and some employers may pay higher rates.

Salaries for animal care assistants in the SSPCA are currently £16,320 a year. A dog care and welfare assistant with Guide Dogs earns around £17,400 to £18,400.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
7047
1.2 %
RISE
2023
7129
  United Kingdom
2018
75950
0.4 %
RISE
2023
76287

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You should also be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

College of Animal Welfare
Tel: 01480 422060
E-mail: admin@caw.ac.uk
Website: http://www.caw.ac.uk/
Twitter: @CAWInfo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAWInfo

The College of Animal Welfare specialises in veterinary nursing and animal care training. It operates from seven UK training centres, including the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Edinburgh University.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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