Animal care services occupations n.e.c.


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Workers in this unit group care for animals held in kennels, stables, zoos and similar establishments, provide specialised training, grooming, clipping and trimming services for animals, and searches for and captures stray or nuisance dogs in public areas and perform a variety of animal care tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 613: Animal Care and Control Services.


Entry is possible without formal academic qualifications, although some employers may ask for GCSEs/S grades. There is a variety of vocational qualifications available, including NVQs/SVQs in Animal Care at Levels 1 and 2, in Dog Grooming at Levels 2 and 3, and BTEC qualifications and apprenticeships relating to Horse Care.

Typical tasks

  • feeds, washes, grooms, trims and exercises animals;
  • cleans animals’ quarters and renews bedding as necessary;
  • houses, feeds, exercises, trains, grooms horses, dogs and other animals in preparation for entry to shows, races and other events;
  • checks animals for illness, treats minor ailments or calls for vet if further treatment is required;
  • meets prospective owners and advises on animal selection and animal care;
  • patrols public areas to search for and capture stray or nuisance dogs, and transports captured animals to kennels.

Common job titles

Assistant, technical (veterinary surgery)
Officer, welfare, animal
Carer, canine
Lad, head (racing stables)
Leader, trek (equestrian trekking centre)
Keeper, animal
Keeper, horse, head
Assistant, veterinary
Beautician, canine
Worker, kennel
Assistant, technical, veterinarian's
Yardsman (livery stable)
Hand, stable
Trainer, horse
Clipper, dog
Assistant, livestock (retail trade)
Assistant, trek (equestrian trekking centre)
Handler, dog
Stripper, dog
Attendant (racing stables)
Man, yard (livery stable)
Lad, stable
Attendant, kennel
Walker, dog
Minder, animal
Keeper, zoo
Assistant, cattery
Trainer, pony
Boy, stable
Assistant, clinic, animal
Carer, animal
Auxiliary, nursing, animal
Keeper, head (zoological gardens)
Assistant, surgeon's, veterinary
Headman (racing stables)
Keeper, menagerie
Worker, care, animal
Hand, kennel
Officer, collection, animal
Whipper-in (hunting)
Helper, stable
Groomer, dog
Foreman, stable
Assistant, kennel
Clipper, horse
Keeper, kennel
Technician, laboratory, care, animal
Keeper (zoological gardens)
Keeper, stable, livery
Trainer, greyhound
Manager, stable
Hand, stud
Careworker, animal
Yardman (livery stable)
Trainer, animal
Carer, cat
Handler, animal
Carer, pet
Trainer, dog
Keeper, stable
Maid, kennel
Breaker, horse
Girl, stable
Whip (hunting)
Technician, animal
Keeper, horse
Attendant, animal
Assistant, care, animal
Servant, hunt
Attendant, health, animal
Foreman (zoological gardens)
Assistant, welfare, animal
Warden, dog

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.