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Animal Care and Management


The Animal Care and Management industry provides work opportunities in all parts of Australia, the majority through small business enterprises in animal services such as health and welfare, grooming and boarding.

Enterprises in the Animal Care and Management industries usually employ between one and three staff, in small to medium size businesses in both rural and urban areas.

What does this industry cover?

  • Retail pet services, including grooming
  • Animal health care
  • Managing and maintaining animal shelter services
  • Animal keeping
  • Nursing, rehabilitation and treatment of animals

Industry Information

The 'Animal Care and Management' sector supports approximately 25,000 direct jobs, mainly in small to medium business. 

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in companion animal services and veterinary nursing a moderate.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 343

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

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

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

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

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Animal  Groomer (Pets)

Animal Shelter Attendant

Veterinary Nurse

Training Keepers

This industry is positioned within the following groups


Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Type

Analytic & Scientific

Nature & Recreation

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Animal Care and Management has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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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.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • Skills Impact
  • Australian Veterinary Association
  • Animal Health Australia
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Rural Skills
  • The Pet Industry Association of Australia
  • Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia
  • Racing Australia
  • Harness Racing Australia
  • Greyhounds Australasia 
  • Australian Greyhound Racing Association 
  • Australian Bookmakers’ Association 


  • Department of Agriculture (in your state or Commonwealth)

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