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.