Other Animal Careers
Below, are a few other animal careers not included in the main dog, cat, marine, equine and wildlife career pages. If you have not worked with animals before, consider starting as a volunteer. A good starting point is to volunteer for an animal welfare charity – most are entirely reliant on the assistance they receive from volunteers. Volunteering is an excellent way to gain hands-on experience and a better understanding of the many different career options open to those wishing to work with animals.
Most of the other animal related careers listed below, involve being self-employed and running your own business.
The Pet Shop Industry:
There are approximately 4,000 pet shops and 600 aquatic centres in the UK, employing over 20,000 people between them. Careers in this line of work involve the option of working for an established pet shop, or of setting up your own business. Customer care forms a big part of the work and having detailed knowledge about products sold by the pet shop business is essential. Equally, candidates must have a good knowledge about specific care requirements for a variety of animals as in many cases, customers rely heavily on pet shops for a variety of pet care advice. The Level 3 Diploma in Pet Shop Management is relevant for a career running or working in a pet shop.
Animal Assisted Therapist:
This can be one of the highly rewarding animal careers. Animal Assisted Intervention services can help children, adolescents, adults and older people with mental health needs, physical or learning disabilities, to achieve increased health, wellbeing and quality of life. Animal assisted therapy can bring real benefits to people who are ill or disabled. The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Intervention is the qualification for working in the field of Animal Assisted Intervention/Therapy.
This is an excellent career choice for those who wish to combine their photographic skills with an animal-related career. There are several animal photographer career opportunities, such as setting up an animal portrait business, creating a photo library, wildlife/safari photography and running photography courses. It would be preferable to have some sort of previous hands-on animal care experience (if working in the companion animal photography sector), and be prepared to work flexible hours in order to be successful.
Pet Taxi Driver:
This, along with other general pet care services such as pet sitting, grooming and walking, is a growing industry and can make an excellent career choice as in many areas, demand for this type of service outweighs supply. The work involves being responsible for the safe transport of companion animals. You will be required to have a valid driving licence and previous driving experience, as well as thorough local road and area knowledge. In addition, you will need to have animal handling experience and a course such as the Level 3 Certificate in Companion Animal Transportion is of benefit for this career..
This is career involves having responsibility for the planning and management of a farm. Depending on the size of the farm, it may include having direct contact with a variety of animals. The Level 3 Certificate in Farm Animal Care is of benefit to this career as well as for roles working in city farms and small holdings.
Animal Behaviour Careers:
Studying animal behaviour gives students a thorough understanding of how and why animals behave in the ways they do and how this knowledge can be applied. The Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management is a highly sought after qualification for working as a Canine Behaviourist. This qualification consists of 3 parts and is split into 30 theory units. This comprehensive qualification includes 10 intensive practical training and assessment days. This qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements. This qualification is equivalent to a degree with honours – for example, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, bachelor of science (BSc) Hons.