Animal Care Attendant
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
5d ago

Pay for animal care attendants varies depending on their qualifications and experience.

  • An unqualified, inexperienced worker is likely to start on the minimum wage or a little more.
  • An experienced animal care attendant can earn up to $19 an hour.
  • Source : Wellington Institute of Technology Animal Health and Husbandry, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Animal care attendants may do some or all of the following :

  • feed, bathe, groom, and exercise animals
  • treat animals for minor injuries and illnesses under veterinary supervision
  • train animals and help to develop training programmes
  • clean, inspect and maintain animal enclosures and / or habitats
  • observe and record animal behaviour and assist with research projects
  • keep records and carry out office work.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Animal care attendants need to have :

  • animal-handling skills and knowledge of training techniques
  • knowledge of animal diseases and care
  • an understanding of the Animal Welfare Act.
  • Animal care attendants :

  • may work 40 hours a week, including shift work and being on call. However, many animal attendants work part time, or on contract to help meet demand at busy times of the year
  • work in conditions that can be dirty and smelly, and may work with dangerous or diseased animals
  • may work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific requirements to become an animal care attendant as you learn skills on the job.

    However, some employers may prefer you to have a tertiary qualification in animal care and welfare such as the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an animal care attendant. However, science subjects and English are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Animal care attendants need to be :

  • interested in the welfare of animals
  • good communicators, as they may have to deal with upset people
  • responsible and able to follow instructions
  • patient and calm.
  • Useful experience

    Any paid or volunteer work with animals is useful for animal care attendants.

    Physical requirements

    Animal care attendants need to have a good level of fitness and strength, as they may need to do a lot of walking and some lifting of heavy animals and equipment.

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