Animal Careers

Could a career with animals hold the key to greater wellbeing and happiness for you? There are a lot of jobs in the animal sector, which has expanded considerably.  They are unlikely to earn you a fortune, but they could give you a lot of job satisfaction, although many will undoubtedly be frustrating and, depending on the career path you choose in the animal care sector, you may find yourself having to deal with some pretty awful sights & hear some terrible tales.
The animal sector offers a wide range of jobs 
They range from jobs working hands-on with animals & those needing a knowledge about animals & an enthusiasm for them, but which aren't necessarily hands-on in day to day basis 
  • Jobs providing services for pets or their owners, e.g. pet insurers, pet retailers, pet transporters (e.g. airlines carrying pets), animal products; pet delivery services, pet sitting services, training (e.g. racehorses, dogs), veterinary supply services - many of these be on-line or actually in retail outlets, and they may be offered through franchise arrangements
  • Training and education - e.g. colleges offering courses in animal care, pet care, veterinary subjects, but also in leisure or tasters for people considering taking up an aspect of animal husbandry, for instance - horse riding instructor, classes on how to keep chickens, bee-keeping etc. 
  • Animal charities where the animal human bond is concerned - for instance, assistance dog charities employ staff
  • Leisure pursuits, such as llama farms, horse riding centres, pet farms, trekking centres, safaris
  • Pet care - veterinary profession, kennels, catteries, livery yards, hydrotherapy centres, groomers, complementary therapies such as animal communication and animal reiki
  • Conservation & willdife organisations
Charities will need both hands-on staff and those perform those tasks which keep the animal charity going e.g. fund-raising, public relations, volunteer management, human resources, secretarial, finance etc (more in larger animal charities - smaller charities will probably depend on volunteers for many of these jobs
In the UK, Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land based sectors, including agriculture, animal care, horticulture, garden design, floristry, game keeper, green keeper, zoo keeper, estate workers, dog groomers, farriers, jockeys, fish farmers, animal traners & the like - you can find out more about animal careers here
These resources may be helpful if you are wishing to work with or for animals, set up your own business or charity.
Jobs Start your own buisness
British Franchise Association

Business  and Self-Employed

Pet Industry Federation

Set up a Charity Business & charity tools

Things to think about before you start up a charity  
Thoughts from the Charities' Commission

Find an animal charity                                                        

                                              - create your own website.