WHAT IS AN ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT?

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What is an Animal Care Attendant?

An Animal Care Attendant is responsible for ensuring the health and wellbeing of any animals entrusted to their care. They groom and exercise them, treat minor injuries, monitor their health and behaviour, manage waste, maintain enclosures and supply food and water.

Animal Care Attendants tend to many different types of animals in various locations, nursing injured animals in nature reserves, caring for homeless pets in animal shelters, looking after fish in public aquariums and working with rare or exotic creatures in wildlife parks and zoos.

In addition, Animal Care Attendants may perform some more administrative duties like managing animal records, enlisting the help of veterinarians and specialists or filling the role of receptionist at a wildlife sanctuary or pet shelter.

What do Animal Care Attendants do?

  • Grooming and bathing animals, monitoring and minimising pests and infections.
  • Preparing and delivering food, catering to the specific diets and requirements of each animal.
  • Inspecting, preparing and maintaining comfortable enclosures and cages.
  • Clearing waste, cleaning and disinfecting animals’ quarters.
  • Providing mental and physical stimulus by exercising and playing with animals.
  • Rescuing, receiving and processing injured and abandoned animals.
  • Moving animals between enclosures, helping to acclimate them to new quarters.
  • Monitoring health and wellbeing, identifying and treating minor injuries.
  • Liaising with and enlisting veterinarians or specialists when required.
  • Maintaining records of animal health and progress.

Career snapshot for Animal Care Attendant

  • The average age of working Animal Care Attendants is 42.
  • 32.70% of Animal Care Attendants are male.
  • 57.90% of Animal Care Attendants work full-time and on average they work around 44.7 hours per week.
  • With A Certificate III or IV, Animal Care Attendants get paid $957 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are average.
  • In 2015 records showed 15,900 employed Animal Care Attendants.
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be stable with employment numbers around 16,300 by 2020.
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