£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£22,360 Average Salary
26 Average hours per week


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.

Main 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.


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.

What Animal care services occupations n.e.c. studied in higher education

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What Animal care services occupations n.e.c. studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies2
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology10
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology3
(D9) Others in veterinary sciences, agriculture & related subjects1
(W1) Fine art1
(D2) Clinical veterinary medicine & dentistry2
(D3) Animal science37
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture12
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies1
(N1) Business studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(C3) Zoology13
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period1

UK Prospects

84200 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
9184 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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