CAREERS WITH ANIMALS
Plus information for animal management students.
As you consider your next steps, you may find the following starting points useful. Working with animals can be a very rewarding career and there are many different kinds of employment, work experience and voluntary placements available. However, competition for places is fierce and it is important to consider what type of work is most suited to you, and what areas you interest you. You may also be interested in further study.
- ANIMAL CARE
- ANIMAL CHARITIES
- WORKING IN ZOOS
- WORKING WITH HORSES
- ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
- VACANCY SOURCES
- OTHER LINKS
Also see our ENVIRONMENT careers page www.kent.ac.uk/careers/environment.htm
- Guide Dogs for the Blind www.guidedogs.org.uk includes information on jobs and volunteering at Guide Dogs
- Kennel Club www.the-kennel-club.org.uk includes a recruitment section
- Pet Care Trust www.petcare.org.uk includes a "find-it" directory of professional pet care and other related services that can be searched by county, town or postcode
- PetsLocally www.petslocally.co.uk find all local pet services, from Vets, Pet Shops to Dog Walkers.
- The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare www.ufaw.org.uk Online journal of animal welfare news includes information on grants, awards and scholarships
- Institute of Animal Technology www.iat.org.uk Animal Technicians are responsible for the care and welfare of animals being bred for or used in research. Includes a careers section.
- Blue Cross www.bluecross.org.uk includes a "Work with Us" section on careers with Blue Cross, careers in veterinary nursing, and careers with horses. Also includes a job vacancies section.
- RSPCA www.rspca.org.uk Search for careers section, regional centres, veterinary and wildlife hospitals. Includes job profiles, and a link to current vacancies.
- PDSA www.pdsa.org.uk News links and locations of animal hospitals
- RSPB www.rspb.org.uk/vacancies includes a section on vacancies
- Cats Protection http://cats-careers.org.uk have vacancy and volunteering pages.
- World Wide Fund for Nature www.panda.org includes a section on how you can help
WORKING IN ZOOS
- There are about 60 zoos, and 100 wild animal collections in the UK.
- British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums www.biaza.org.uk
- Zoos of the World www.zoos.org links to zoos and wildlife parks in UK and abroad
- Yell www.yell.com Type zoo, wildlife park or safari parks into the search box
- Association of British Wild Animal Keepers http://abwak.org Bi-monthly journal includes career information job vacancies links to zoos and other animal related sites. Includes a useful article entitled "So you want to be a zoo keeper?".
- Howletts www.howletts.net Kent wild animal parks . Page on How to be a keeper
- Wildwood Trust www.wildwoodtrust.org woodland discovery park between Canterbury & Herne Bay. Volunteers needed for: maintenance, gardening and DIY; conservation research, feeding and looking after the animals, shop work and customer care, education work with children. If you wish to help telephone 01227 712111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monkey World www.monkeyworld.co.uk primate care centre, with links to other relevant sites
- Zoological Society of London (The Institute of Zoology) www.zsl.org London Zoo and Whipsnade Safari Park. Detailed information on applying to become a temporary keeper.
- Chester Zoo www.chesterzoo.org detailed information on working in zoos, the range of roles available and the qualifications or experience required.
- Colchester Zoo www.colchester-zoo.co.uk range of vacancies including work experience trainees are regularly advertised here. Can also submit a CV and speculative letter.
- Woburn Safari Park www.woburnsafari.co.uk Bedfordshire: has a vacancies page.
Ben ‐ Assistant Zoo Registrar (Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree). Graduate Career Story from HECSU
How did you become an assistant zoo registrar?
‘I spent a number of years in casual posts working in the education department at my local zoo and made lots of contacts in the field. I then volunteered in my current job until I was given more responsibility and the position was made into a paid role in August 2010.’
How have you drawn on the experience you gained at university in your subsequent work?
‘My subject knowledge (in animal welfare and conservation) has been hugely important, as have my presentation and communication skills. The interpersonal skills I gained at university have also been really useful when it comes to networking.’
Do you have any careers advice for the students who graduated this year?
‘Stick at it. Sheer determination and not taking ‘no’ for an answer is the reason I have the job I wanted. Getting disheartened does not help and will only hinder you in the future.’
Graduate Career Story from HECSU
WORKING WITH HORSES
- British Horse Society www.bhs.org.uk excellent careers pages on working with horses, together with vacancy information. A-Z of organisations welfare links equestrian directory careers equestrian centres riding schools equestrian sports.
- Equiworld.net www.equiworld.net Good links page to everything equestrian.
- Equine Index www.equine-index.co.uk A-Z of companies and organisations involved with horses.
- Horse Web www.horseweb-uk.com UK Stud Directory Directory of Riding Schools and Livery Yard Address Book.
- Equestrian Directory www.horseit.com Worldwide business directory by area of interest and name of organisation.
- Equine Online www.equine-online.net Links and vacancies
- Equine Staff http://equinestaff.co.uk horse jobs in the UK and worldwide.
- ForFarmers.com www.forfarmers.com marketplace for horses. includes equine jobs.
- Horse riding instructor profile
The UK horseracing industry employs over 100,000 people across 60 racecourses, 750 training stables, stud farms, bloodstock agents and bookmakers
- British Horseracing Board www.britishhorseracing.com guide to careers in the British racing industry, training information, vacancies at BHB and details of their Graduate Programme. The British Horseracing Board Graduate Development Programme has about 500 applications for 20 places a year. About 100 get through the initial selection to telephone interview. This consists of a 2 week programme, trips and an 8 week placement. There is no guarantee of a job at the end of it but 80% are in top jobs in the industry. They don't take into account the degree subject studied, but look for hunger and enthusiasm as demonstrated by job experience and work shadowing.
Horseracing graduate programme www.careersinracing.com/getting-started/training/graduate/apply Closing date is usually about February.
- British Racing School www.brs.org.uk/Home/index.php information on numerous careers in racing, together with jobs and courses
- National Trainer's Federation www.racehorsetrainers.org/homepage/index.asp
- Careers in racing www.careersinracing.com careers in horseracing
- The Jockey Club www.thejockeyclub.co.uk
- The British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) www.bhtb.co.uk recognised Awarding Body for a range of qualifications in the racing, breeding, equine and farriery industries. Manages racing's Education Programme.
- Thoroughbred Breeders' Association www.thoroughbredbreedersassociation.co.uk
The Racecourse Association www.britishracecourses.org/course_list.php lists UK racecourses.
These may hold as few as 13 race days per year so they are multi-functional venues and many job roles reflect this e.g. events and conference management, marketing, accounting and finance.
- The British Racing School, Newmarket www.brs.org.uk
- Northern Racing College, Doncaster www.northernracingcollege.co.uk
Bloodstock agents, auctions and sales
- Federation of Bloodstock Agents www.race-horses.com/agents/fba/fba.htm
- British Bloodstock Marketing www.bbm.gb.com/useful_links.php
- Smith & Williamson Accountants www.smith.williamson.co.uk/bloodstock-equine has a bloodstock and equine services division
- Bloodstock agents/auctioneers
- Bloodstock Services at Weatherbys www.weatherbys.co.uk/bloodstock_services provide central administration to British Horseracing and act as its bank. Also publish The General Stud Book annually and offer services and products related to pedigree. May offer placements.
- Some large stud farms such as www.shadwellstud.co.uk also employ pedigree researchers.
Stud farms, training and breeding
- The National Stud www.nationalstud.co.uk includes courses
- Directory of stud farms http://stud-farms.com
- Racing Post www.rpjobs.co.uk
- Veterinary Science. There are four year courses for which graduates can eb accepted at The University of Edinburgh and The Royal Veterinary College but funding for these could be difficult.
- The British Small Animal Veterinary Association www.bsava.com Excellent links to animal welfare websites UK and worldwide covering all aspects of animal care.
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons www.rcvs.org.uk Includes veterinary nursing and links to related websites.
- British Veterinary Association (BVA)
- British Equine Veterinary Association www.beva.org.uk
- Vet Times Jobs http://jobs.vettimes.co.uk is a trusted resource for recruitment in the industry with jobs in charities, surgeries, and universities. Also offer resources such as How to Answer the Interview Question: “Why Do You Want to be a Vet?”
- Association of Pet Behaviour counsellors www.apbc.org.uk/career.htm includes information on becoming a pet behaviour counsellor, as well as useful links and case studies
- Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour http://asab.nottingham.ac.uk has information on ASAB grants. Useful for finding out contact details of other societies and animal behaviour mailing lists.
- UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists www.ukrcb.org professional body for canine behaviourists in the UK. Has list of members and article on becoming a canine behaviourist.
- Animal Behaviour Centre www.companyofanimals.co.uk
- Society for Companion Animal Studies www.scas.org.uk
- Blue Cross www.bluecross.org.uk charity which employs animal behaviorists.
- Animal Behaviour Careers Article (USA) www.animalbehavior.org/ABS/Guides/Careers.pdf
Other job areas include:
animal nutrition research and advice; animal health and welfare; animal breeding and genetics; game keeper; animal nutritionist; agricultural consultant and animal welfare inspector.
Destinations of some Canterbury College BSc and HND Animal Science graduates
- Horse and Hound Online www.horseandhound.co.uk Magazine with news, guide to careers and vacancies, with college and training directory Need to subscribe for vacancies.
- ADAS (Agricultural Development & Advisory Service)
- Animal Jobs www.animal-job.co.uk information and advice about working with animals. We have details of all types of jobs with animals worldwide, including current animal care vacancies
- Farmers Weekly
- Farmers' Guardian
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
- Environment and Biodiversity Careers page www.kent.ac.uk/careers/environment.htm
- Kent Wildlife Trust www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk the leading conservation organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway, dedicated to protecting wildlife for the future.
- Lantra National Training Organisation www.lantra.co.uk Information on training including veterinary nursing, fish farming, agricultural, livestock, equine, and animal care.
- Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy www.acpat.org
- Institute for Animal Health www.iah.bbsrc.ac.uk Includes postgrad. opportunities and vacancies
- Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs www.defra.gov.uk
- Compassion in World Farming www.ciwf.org.uk
- Farm manager Profile www.prospects.ac.uk/farm_manager.htm
A graduate called Joe had just finished his degree and was looking for a job. After some time without success he finally landed a job as an assistant at the local zoo.
One day the bear at the zoo died. The zoo was facing a financial crisis and could not afford to buy another bear, so they asked Joe to dress up in a bear costume and pretend that he was a bear.
Well the money they offered was a small increase and so he took the job. He was put into a cage and in time became very good at imitating a bear, but he had one worry: the bars between his cage and the next were loose and in the next cage was a very ferocious looking lion.
One day his worst fears were realized and a bar broke. The lion jumped through the gap and raced up to Joe.
Extending his paw, the lion said, "Hi, I'm Phil, a drama graduate from Brum!"
Last fully updated 2012