Animal attendants are responsible for feeding, grooming, training and caring for animals.

Where animal attendants and trainers are employed

Animal attendants can work in a wide range of workplaces, including animal shelters, catteries, kennels, dog parlours or salons, pet shops, larger veterinary hospitals and clinics, zoos, circuses, theme parks and wildlife parks.

Competition for jobs is strong as there are usually many more people seeking to enter this occupation than there are positions available. Dog clipping and grooming is a growth area that may provide self-employment opportunities.


Full-time animal attendants and trainers generally earn less than $600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for animal attendant trainer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 442 people employed full-time as animal attendants and trainers in South Australia, compared with 394 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as an animal attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in animal studies, animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services or a related area. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

See courses related to this occupation.

You can also become an animal attendant through a traineeship in animal studies, companion animal services, animal technology or captive animals. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting this training at school.

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