Animal Attendant

Job Description

Animal Care Attendants are responsible for the overall care of all animals. They provide basic care, exercise and enrichment activities. They perform the daily tasks that keep animals in care happy and healthy. Animal care can involve working in a number of different settings including veterinary clinics, pet grooming, animal trainers, zoo keepers, or even pet shop owners and operators.

Careers Ladder


Most animal care and service workers have a high school diploma and learn the occupation on the job. Many employers prefer to hire people who have experience with animals.

Volunteer at your local animal rescue organisation or veterinary clinic and gain experience on the job or as part of a traineeship.

Consider a Certificate II in Animal Care or a Certificate III in Captive Animals through TAFE or a registered training organisation.


  • Adaptability
  • Calm
  • Communicator
  • Devoted
  • Enthusiastic
  • Friendly
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal
  • Patient
  • Responsible
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Basic Bathing & Grooming
  • Rescuing Animals
  • Free from allergies aggravated by animal hair, fur, feathers and dust

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;