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Voluntary Work With Animals, Volunteering with Animal Rescue and Wildlife Charities

Looking for a Volunteer Job with Animals or Wildlife and Conservation?

Gaining volunteering experience will enhance the training and qualifications you complete with us and this will ensure you stand the best chance of gaining employment working with animals. If you are looking for voluntary work with animals, please click on the regional links below for animal welfare and veterinary organisations around the world for some of the organisations that offer animal volunteering opportunities.

See below why we suggest that having relevant animal care or wildlife training is important for voluntary work with animals.

To be at least short-listed for a job in animal care, it is essential to present a CV that shows relevant training and experience – this can be gained through voluntary work with animals, and relevant training such as a course offered by Animal Courses Direct.

Most Animal Rescue centres, Zoos and Vets are inundated with requests to volunteer and have long waiting lists of volunteer applicants and this means that finding a volunteer job or work experience is becoming almost as difficult as finding a full time job in animal care

If you are able to tell the organisation that you want to volunteer with, that you are studying a relevant subject or that you have had relevant training, you are far more likely to gain a voluntary placement with them.

Whatever your skills or amount of time you have available to offer, there are many animals who will benefit greatly from your offer of volunteering. Volunteering will also give you valuable work experience and will improve your chances of employment within the animal care sector. Working as a volunteer will enable you to gain valuable insight into the specific type of animal care that you aspire to work in.

Careers, Training and Volunteering advice

Animal Courses Direct aims to inspire and help those wanting to work with animals, to find a suitable and rewarding career in the animal care sector.

Whether you are a school leaver, graduate or a professional looking for a career change, our experts offer careers advice to anyone wanting to work with animals. Please get in touch for free careers, training and volunteering advice.

In consultation with employers, we have developed a unique range of almost 100 online courses, all based on knowledge, experience and a passion for animal welfare.

Our regulated qualifications and courses have been carefully designed with employers to give learners an improved chance of finding the work they are looking for. Most of our courses are studied online from anywhere in the world – many of our students volunteer at the same time as studying one of our courses.

Please get in touch with us for careers and training advice.


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