Animal Care and Management

Most people who would like to work with animals think of working as a Veterinary Nurse or specialising as an Equine Veterinary Nurse, but there are other sectors of the industry.

You may work in the breeding sector on a sheep or cattle station or be involved in breeding the next Melbourne Cup winner. Pet owners of today are looking for specialised services for their pets, such as grooming. Animal shelters, kennels and pet stores are other areas of work.

You may want to work in a laboratory and assist with research and help develop treatment for diseases. Working with native animals or other wildlife could mean that you are employed in a zoo or sanctuary or you could work for the local council or specialist clinic in caring for sick or injured. Hunting and trapping is an important sector as you could be assisting with the control of feral animals and biosecurity threats.

What does this industry cover?

The sectors covered in this industry include: veterinary services, animal breeding services, pet and companion animal services, captive wildlife operations, and hunting and trapping.

The Animal Care and Management industry provides work opportunities in both rural and urban areas, with government agencies being the largest employer. Other employers are often small businesses that have very few employees or are sole traders.

Job hunting information

Skills that might be required by employers in this industry include: Communication skills, research, detail oriented, organisational skills, energetic.

Occupations in demand: Animal Attendants and Trainers, Pet Groomer, Dog Handler or Trainer, Horse Trainer, Zookeeper.

A quick tip: you will have more chances of being employed if you complete some volunteering or work experience.

Some sectors in this industry have projected minimum growth in employment numbers and some sectors may experience an oversupply. Use the further research links for information about specific sectors and occupations.

Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small to medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2021, commencements were: 581

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2021 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are medium to high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a small to medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

In the next 5 years, change in employment in this industry is predicted to increase.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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