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Kennel or Cattery Worker

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Kennel or cattery workers look after the dogs or cats in their care by making sure they are kept clean, comfortable, exercised and fed. They might also look after other animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs or birds.

They are also known as Animal Boarding Assistants or Animal Care Assistants.

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 kennel or cattery worker vary. The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2017 the National Minimum Wage is £4.05 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.05 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.50 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 £16,000 a year.

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
2017
6969
1.3 %
FALL
2022
6881
  United Kingdom
2017
76749
2.1 %
FALL
2022
75158

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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: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
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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