Scottish SPCA Animal Rescue Officer

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Animal Rescue Officers work for the Scottish SPCA and respond to emergency calls to deal with animals that are abandoned, injured or in danger.

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The salary for animal rescue officers is currently around £20,000 a year.


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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. You have to be at least 18 to volunteer and must have some experience with animals. Some centres may have long waiting lists, this type of volunteering is very popular.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
Twitter: @LantraScotland

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

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