Animal Care does what it says on the tin – it’s the care of animals, large and small. Whether the animals you look after are exotic creatures in a zoo, working on a farm or being pampered by loving owners at home, opportunities within this sector are massively varied. Animal Care roles are available in a wide range of locations all over the country, and even overseas too! This industry isn’t just limited to vets and zookeepers, with roles extending to the more behind the scenes positions, such as those concerned with the operations of animal sanctuaries or charities. So, if you love animals and want to work alongside them, check out roles within Animal Care below!
Agricultural contractors provide specialised, seasonal or temporary services to farmers.
Agricultural inspectors make sure animal welfare and environmental standards are followed in farms and dairies.
Animal care workers look after animals in kennels, rescue centres and sanctuaries.
Animal technicians look after animals in research laboratories.
Assistance dog trainers and instructors train dogs that help people to maintain their independence.
Beekeepers manage colonies of honeybees kept in hives to produce honey, beeswax and royal jelly.
Biologists study living things, like animals and plants.
Countryside rangers look after green spaces, woodlands and animal habitats that allow entry to the public.
Dog groomers keep dogs' coats in good condition, and give their owners advice on coat care, grooming and diet.
Dog handlers work with specially trained dogs to help detect and prevent crime, find lost or missing people and protect property.
Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.
Farm workers raise livestock and plant and harvest crops, using agricultural machinery.
Farmers and farm managers grow crops and raise livestock for food production.
Farriers make and fit horseshoes, and care for horses' hooves.
Fish farmers work in small teams to breed and rear fish and shellfish, and harvest them for market.
Deckhands clear the decks, prepare and maintain equipment and handle the catch on offshore fishing vessels.
Gamekeepers manage countryside areas used for shooting and fishing.
Horse grooms are responsible for the care and welfare of horses, and maintain stables and riding equipment.
Horse riding instructors teach people of different ages, riding ability and experience how to ride.
Kennel workers care for dogs and cats in kennels or catteries.
Ornithologists study the behaviour, ecology, classification and conservation of birds and their habitats.
Pet shop assistants serve customers and look after animals in pet shops.
Racehorse trainers run stables, manage staff, look after horses' training and welfare, and prepare them for races.
Riding centre managers plan and run the centre's activities, manage staff and develop the business.
Riding holiday leaders take individuals and groups out on treks.
RSPCA inspectors investigate complaints about animal cruelty, rescue animals and give advice to animal owners.
Vets diagnose and treat sick or injured animals.
Veterinary nurses support vets by caring for sick and injured animals.
Veterinary physiotherapists work with injured animals, or animals with movement problems, to help reduce pain and improve their health.
Zookeepers look after animals in zoos, safari parks and aquariums.
Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.