confident when working with animals, both large and small
able to deal with distressing situations and very unpleasant sights
decisive and able to take control in an emergency
able to deal with a wide range of people
resilient and calm in difficult situations
able to work alone with no supervision.
You need to have:
a caring nature
good customer care skills
sound judgement and the ability to show initiative
good communication skills.
Training is on the job.
You would complete relevant short courses as specified by the employer.
With experience, you may be able to move into the post of Scottish SPCA Inspector.
You may have to move to other parts of the country for opportunities.
The Scottish SPCA is the largest animal charity in Scotland. The equivalent organisation to the Scottish SPCA in England and Wales is the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The RSPCA does not operate in Scotland.
One way to get useful practical experience is to volunteer to look after animals at your local Scottish SCPA animal rescue and rehoming centre. Volunteering is open to anyone aged over 16, but for some roles there may be age restrictions or certain skills and experience required. Some centres may have long waiting lists, this type of volunteering is very popular.