Animal Care Services Occupations

Job holders 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.


New workers
£ 7,965
£ 19,976
£ 33,493

Available jobs

In the past year there were 77,344 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Work alongside veterinary surgeons and nurses to provide vital nursing care to ensure the wellbeing of animal patients.

  • Patrols public areas to search for and capture stray or nuisance dogs, and transports captured animals to kennels.

  • Meets prospective owners and advises on animal selection and animal care.

  • Checks animals for illness, treats minor ailments or calls for vet if further treatment is required.

  • Houses, feeds, exercises, trains, grooms horses, dogs and other animals in preparation for entry to shows, races and other events.

  • Cleans animals’ quarters and renews bedding as necessary.

  • Feeds, washes, grooms, trims and exercises animals.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Animal Care

  • Animal Welfare

  • Animal Husbandry

  • Housekeeping

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Animal Handling

  • Loans

  • Medication Administration

  • Dog Training

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Cleanliness

  • English Language

  • Detail Oriented

  • Mathematics

  • Enthusiasm

  • Teaching

  • Training And Development

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.