Animal care and training


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Employment prospects

The Animal Care and Training industry employs 3,300 South Australians, which is around 0.4% of the State’s workforce.

About 500 new jobs are expected to open up over the next five years due to industry growth and replacement of people who will retire.

Most people in this industry work in jobs that relate to farms, i.e. working with cattle, sheep and horses, while the remainder work with domestic animals.

Around half of the jobs in this industry are in rural areas, and the other half are in the
southern, northern, eastern and western metropolitan areas and the Barossa Valley.

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  1. 1. Animal care and trainingEmployment prospects Quick facts about this industry If you are at schoolThe Animal Care and Training industry • The majority of people work full-time. For vocational education in SACE, ask youremploys 3,300 South Australians, which is VET coordinator at school, and visitaround 0.4% of the State’s workforce. • he most common qualification held by workers in this industry is T to check the VETAbout 500 new jobs are expected to open up either a Certificate III qualification or a university degree. recognition register. Check the following industries to see which qualifications canover the next five years due to industry growthand replacement of people who will retire. • There are more women than men working in this industry. be recognised in the SACE. Some of the Certificate III qualifications may be availableMost people in this industry work in • eople working in the industry are generally younger than in P for Training Guarantee for SACE that relate to farms, i.e. working other industries. • Animal Carewith cattle, sheep and horses, while the • Racingremainder work with domestic animals. • o work in this industry you need to be patient and calm, free from T If you are thinking about VET, VocationalAround half of the jobs in this industry are allergies to animal fur, and have a keen interest in animals. qualifications include:in rural areas, and the other half are in the • eterinarians earn around $1,100 per week, while Veterinary Nurses V • Certificate I and II in Animal Studiessouthern, northern, eastern and western • ertificate III and Diploma in Animal Technology Cmetropolitan areas and the Barossa Valley. earn between $400 and $800 per week. • Certificate III and IV in Captive Animals • ookeepers and Animal Technicians earn between $600 Z • ertificate III and IV in Companion C and $1,000 per week. Animal Services • ertificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation C • ertificate IV and Diploma of Veterinary C Nursing, with specialisations in surgical, dental and emergency and critical care • ertificate I, II, III, IV and Diploma in Racing, C specialisations in stablehand, kennelhand, Top job openings racing administration, track maintenance, Veterinary Nurses steward, trackrider, racehorse trainer, jockey, Veterinarians harness race driver and greyhound trainer. Animal Attendants and Trainers For more information about the qualifications Shearers and where to go, check the job guide: Check to see what courses are available under Skills for 1800 506 266 12
  2. 2. If you are thinking about university, They prepare animals for treatment, administer Sport and recreation, including racing Stablehands/Stable Supervisorsdegrees include: medication, monitor and exercise hospitalised Dog and horse racing includes training services, Veterinarians• Bachelor of Animal Behaviour animals, sterilise instruments, clean cages and operating racing kennels and stables, maintaining Veterinary Nurses• Bachelor of Animal Science advise clients on good nutrition and animal horse and dog racing tracks, and administrative Wool Handlers• Bachelor of Science (Animal Science). behaviour. They also perform reception and services offered by racing authorities and boards. Wool Classers administrative tasks for the veterinary clinic. Zookeepers.Check the three South Australian university Horse trainers and jockeys usually specialise in:websites and South Australian Tertiary Shearers cut wool from sheep, goats and • thoroughbreds for galloping racesAdmissions Centre (SATAC) listed at the front alpacas using power driven handpieces, • standardbreds for pacing or trotting races Occupations in thisof this guide. For more information about the which are fitted with combs and cutters. • p erformance horses for events, show jumpingqualifications and where to go, check the job industry link to the: Expedition shearers work in a team and travel and • Agriculture and Fishing industry long distances from property to property to work. Stablehands assist with maintaining and cleaning • Science industryOccupations in this industry Others may work within their own district and stables and handling horses. With experience, • Sport and Recreation industry. travel daily from home to the shearing shed. and sometimes further training, a stablehandOccupations in this industry can be divided into Dog trainers working with domestic animals may progress to stable supervisor. Sometwo general streams – people that work with usually focus on correcting bad behaviour and stablehands who show potential and are lightdomestic and farm animals, and people that work training dogs to obey commands and perform in weight may become apprentice jockeys.with animals in the sport and recreation industry. specific tasks. Trainers also work with Guide Dogs Dog trainers in the sport and recreationWorking with domestic and farm animals and other assistance animals for people with a industry usually specialise in enhancing theVeterinarians diagnose and treat sickness, disability, or with police dogs and customs ‘sniffer’ performance of racing dogs. There are also adisease and injury in all types of animals. dogs for Police and Border Protection (Customs). small number of people who work with a rangeThey advise on measures to prevent the Zoos of animals, training them for entertainmentoccurrence or spread of diseases and to Zookeepers help care for animals in zoos performances in theme parks or for television.improve the health and productivity of animals. and wildlife parks, providing enrichment Need more info?Veterinary nurses assist veterinarians in Occupations in this industry include: activities for the animals, assistance to Animal Attendants and Trainers Primary Industries Skills Council SA Incthe treatment and care of animals needing veterinary staff, and information to the and/or surgical attention. public on animals and conservation. Animal Technicians Boarding Kennel/Cattery Operators Agrifood Skills Council Sector report Animal technicians help veterinary, medical, Customs Dog Handlers pharmaceutical, agricultural and general Dog Trainers Agrifood Careers scientists and students to care for and Guide Dog Instructors check on animals used for research, Horse Trainers breeding and scientific purposes. Jockeys ShearersCareer information about specific occupations has been sourced from and industry skills bodies. South Australian labour marketinformation has been sourced from ABS Catalogue 6291.0.55.003 Labour Force, average of 4 quarters to November quarter 2011. South Australianinformation on Age, Region and Income has been sourced from the Australian Census of Population and Housing 2006. Job Openings information is sourced 13from the South Australian Training and Skills Commission, (unpublished) 2011.© Copyright 2012 Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills