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Abattoir Operative

Abattoir Operative

Abattoir operatives work in abattoirs, preparing animal carcasses before they are passed on to butchers and meat process workers. Meat is easily damaged and contaminated, so abattoir operatives must work on the carcasses immediately after the animals have been killed. They must work accurately and efficiently...

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Agricultural Consultant

Agricultural Consultant

Consultants are normally technical (giving specialist advice on subjects such as nutrition) or business based. The role involves visiting clients and evaluating their needs, collecting and analysing data, solving problems and presenting ideas and results in different foms. You will also have administative...

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Animal Technician

Animal Technician

Animal technicians are responsible for the care, husbandry and welfare of animals being bred for in scientific research. At the start of their careers they are mainly concerned with the physical care of the animals - particularly mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters. They do routine tasks like:...

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Animal Welfare Officer

Animal Welfare Officer

You will work with a variety of people to raise awareness of the Animal Welfare Act and encourage responsible animal ownership. Animal welfare officers could work with a range of companion animals but most commonly with dogs and dog owners. You will work with other welfare organisations to improve...

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Auctioneer

Auctioneer

The auctioneer must be competent in the assessment of the monetary value of animals. Horses, sheep, cattle etc.

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Bee Farmer

Bee Farmer

Bee farmers keep hives of bees, collecting the honey they produce to sell to individuals or wholesalers. They also make products from beeswax, such as candles and furniture polish. The work involves: Regular inspections of all the hives, mending and repairing hives, collecting frames from hives and extracting...

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Breeder

Breeder

Animal breeders care for animals through breeding to birth and often beyond. You would identify breeding objectives, select animals for breeding, compile and analyse data relating to animals produced and keep records about pedigrees. In commercial breeding systems you may also need to inform the sector...

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Campaigns Officer

Campaigns Officer

Plan and oversee media and publicity campaigns for organisations.You will need to identify key messages and convey these effectively to different groups including politicians, media and supporters

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Conservation Officer

Conservation Officer

Involved in managing, improving and protecting wildlife and their habitats. The work can include carrying out surveys, creating, restoring and managing habitats and working with land owners and the public to raise awareness of wildlife needs

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Dog Groomer

Dog Groomer

Dog grooming is a growing industry, with more and more dog owners taking advantage of the services provided by grooming salons. There are approximately 3,000 grooming salons, the majority of which are individual premises, and increasing numbers are part of other pet-related establishments such as pet...

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Dog Handler

Dog Handler

Working with a dog to prevent or detect crime, find lost or missing people or to protect property

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Dog Trainer

Dog Trainer

Dog trainers work with dogs and their owners or handlers. They run classes, training courses or one-to-one training. Their tasks might include: Teaching people to handle, groom and examine dogs correctly. Teaching people to train their dogs to obey commands of basic control. Training dogs how to interact...

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Dog Warden

Dog Warden

see "Animal Welfare Officer"

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Education Officer

Education Officer

You will be responsible for designing, producing and delivering education packages for different audiences. You will need to develop varied activities suitable for different age groups and levels of knowledge

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Epidemiologist

Epidemiologist

Epidemiologists investigate disease trends, identify those at risk of disease and analyse the impact of vaccination and treatment programmes on the spread of disease. They have a key role in maintaining public health. Veterinary epidemiologists specialise in studying animal diseases

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Farm Manager

Farm Manager

Farmers should enjoy working outdoors and be physically fit since the work can include hard manual labour. To guide the farm workers good leadership qualities and interpersonal relationships are necessary.Knowledge of the correct breeding and feeding programmes associated with different animals. Farmers...

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Farm Worker

Farm Worker

A farm worker (livestock) looks after animals on a farm or estate. The work varies depending on the type of farm and breed of animal they work with, for example: Hill farms where large areas are grazed by a flock of sheep. A smaller, more intensive environment such as a dairy farm. Indoor units housing...

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Farrier

Farrier

Farriery is a skilled job, requiring sound knowledge of the theory and practice of shoeing horses. Farriers check a horse's leg, foot and hoof and undertake any remedial work necessary before fitting the most appropriate shoe for its size, foot condition and type of activity or work.

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Fish Farmer

Fish Farmer

Fish farmers breed and rear fish and shellfish for sale, mostly for food. Some fin fish, though, are bred for angling and for ornamental pools. The main areas of work in fish farming are: Feeding - they feed the fish by hand or by filling hoppers that then feed the fish automatically. Grading fish -...

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Fisherman

Fisherman

Fishermen/women/Skippers are part of a fishing vessel's crew, travelling out to sea in order to catch fish. Their working environment is tough and potentially dangerous. The work includes: Operating fishing gear. Sorting, gutting and storing fish. Repairing nets and equipment. Keeping the vessel clean...

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Gamekeeper

Gamekeeper

Main responsibilities include managing game populations for shooting, organising events, managing habitat, training and working with gun dogs, keeping records, breeding gamebirds and controlling predators. You will also need to keep up to date with relevant legislation.

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Groom

Groom

see "Horse Groom"

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Guide Dog Trainer

Guide Dog Trainer

You will work with guide dogs and their owners to provide assessments and training. This includes assessing the needs and capabilities of guide dog applicants, assisting with guide dog assessment, training and aftercare and working with owners to provide orientation and mobility training

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Habitat Designer

Habitat Designer

Habitat Designers work with animal collections to design and produce environments for animals that replicate their natural wild surroundings. Your work might involve researching natural environments, producing designs for enclosures, sourcing materials, studying animal behaviour and working with zoo...

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Horse Groom

Horse Groom

Horses need a lot of care feeding, cleaning, exercising and preparing for riding or shows. A groom looks after the horses in a riding school, livery, racing yard or stud farm. Their work could include: Mucking out the stables and keeping the fields and yards clean and tidy. Filling haynets and water...

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Horse Racing Jockey

Horse Racing Jockey

A horse-racing jockey races horses for a living. They compete in races, ranging from events at small courses to major events such as the Grand National or the Derby. There are two types of jockey - flat jockeys and jump jockeys. Flat jockeys race as the name suggests, but jump jockey face two kinds of...

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Horse Riding Holiday Centre Manager

Horse Riding Holiday Centre Manager

A horse riding holiday centre manager is responsible for operating a horse riding holiday centre, either as a manager or owner. The work involves managing the care of the horses and ponies. Managing the activities for guests and clients, including planning. Managing the staff and facilities at the holiday...

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Horse Riding Holiday Centre Ride Leader

Horse Riding Holiday Centre Ride Leader

Horse riding holiday centre ride leaders help people to enjoy holidays with horses and ponies, by organising and running riding activities, particularly treks and hacks across open countryside. Ride leaders: Assess each rider's ability, matching the rider with a suitable horse or pony. Explain riding...

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Horse Riding Instructor

Horse Riding Instructor

Horse riding instructors teach a wide range of people, from beginners to advanced. Their work involves: Developing training programmes which suit the ability of horse and rider. Giving practical demonstrations. Watching riders, spotting and helping to rectify any problems. Making practice sessions...

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Horse Trainer

Horse Trainer

Horse trainers prepare horses for races. They build up the horses' stamina, fitness and technique, and devise training programmes for individual horses. The work may include: Observing the horses during exercise and as they walk around the yard. Checking the horses after exercise. Overseeing the horses'...

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Instructor

Instructor

You will instruct and demonstrate practical skills usually including animal handling, husbandry and care techniques. You may also be required to supervise practical classes, provide support to students or maintain facilities and equipment

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Insurance Advisor

Insurance Advisor

You may be responsible for assessing technical claims, underwriting new policies, liaising with vets or other professionals and working with clients to process claims.

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Journalist

Journalist

Journalists research stories, write new items and features, check facts, edit items and may also need to source images and plan and design page layouts.

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Kennel Manager

Kennel Manager

Managing kennels and supervising staff to ensure food is prepared and dogs are kept exercised and groomed. Maintaining health and hygiene standards. Looking after animals who are ill or distressed. Additionally you will need to order food and supplies. Keep up to date with current legislation with...

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Kennel Worker

Kennel Worker

Kennel workers feed, exercise and groom dogs and cats while they are staying in boarding or charity kennels. There are not many jobs available so competition can be strong. There is some office work involved which includes keeping records and taking telephone calls. Kennel workers might also show...

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Laboratory Manager

Laboratory Manager

Lab managers oversee all the work going on in a lab. They supervise workflow, maintenance of equipment, purchasing, quality control and day to day running

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Marine Biologist

Marine Biologist

Marine biology is diverse and involves the study of animals, plants and microorganisms in the sea. Marine biologists study the ecosystem and how it can be affected by environmental factors and human activity. The opportunity to study a range of fascinating life forms in a range of habitats is challenging...

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Meat Inspector

Meat Inspector

Primary roles include making sure meat is safe and that its production and processing meet hygiene laws, checking animal welfare conditions, carrying out post mortums and inspecting hygiene conditions in abbatoirs, meat storage and processing plants

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Ornithologist

Ornithologist

Primarily to do with scientific study of birds. Includes monitoring and tracking birds, habitat monitoring and management, population studies, carrying out surveys and research as well as educating the public about birds

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Pathologist

Pathologist

Pathologists investigate the causes of disease or illness. You will work alongside other health professions to identify pathogens and find treatments

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Pet Shop Assistant

Pet Shop Assistant

Pet shop assistants work in retail outlets caring for and selling pets, as well as a wide range of pet food, housing, treatments and accessories. Pet retailers vary from small shops or departments in garden centres, to pet superstores and specialist centres, such as aquatic centres. Some shops sell...

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Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist

An animal physiotherapist uses physical techniques to treat injuries and abnormal movement and aid recovery from musculoskeletal conditions. A vet must diagnose the condition before an animal physiotherapist can become involved in the treatment. Common conditions that might be referred for physiotherapy...

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Quality Control Technician

Quality Control Technician

Carries out checks on products and processes to make sure they meet quality standards. Includes setting up and managing quality control systems. Depends on industry but could include testing food and drugs for contamination, checking labelling is accurate, checking production methods meet required...

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RSPCA Inspector

RSPCA Inspector

Main responsibilities include investigating cases of animal cruelty and neglect, inspecting events and establishments where animals are kept, rescuing injured or trapped animals, giving advice to pet owners, liaising with the police, vets and local authorities, writing reports and giving evidence in...

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Sales Rep

Sales Rep

Specialise in selling products within a particular industry, such as pet shops, farms, kennels etc. Depending on your product market, your customers might be retail shops, businesses, or individuals within a specific geographical area. Making both personal calls and telephone calls to gain and grown...

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Skipper

Skipper

see "Fisherman/woman"

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Teacher

Teacher

“Teaching” animal care or animal management can take various forms- these may be described as teacher, tutor, trainer or lecturer and the type of work (and pay and conditions) vary accordingly. Teaching involves planning and preparation of lessons, assessing and monitoring student progress, record...

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Technician

Technician

Animal technicians are responsible for the care and welfare of animals used in research. Job involves daily contact with animals, feeding, cleaning and carrying out health checks and monitoring.

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University Lecturer

University Lecturer

Teaching and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate students. May also involve carrying out research activity, publishing academic papers and undertaking administrative and management tasks. You will need to be well orgaised, enthusiastic for your subject and a good communicator.

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Vet Surgeon

Vet Surgeon

The work of vets in general practice commonly includes diagnosis and treatment, routine checks and vaccinations, inserting micro-chips, surgery, neutering and euthanasia. Practices can specialise in small animals, food producing animals, equine or they can deal with both small and large animals. Some...

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Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurse

Holding animals and keeping them calm during treatment Giving injections and drugs (under direction of the vet) and collecting blood, urine and other samples. Sterilising instruments, taking x-rays and preparing animals for operations. Assisting during operations by handing instruments and maintaining...

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Veterinary Scientist

Veterinary Scientist

Veterinary science is the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in animals, both as individuals and as groups. Veterinary scientists undertake clinical research in laboratories and research centres. Their research can be grouped into areas such as reproduction and development, infection...

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Volunteer

Volunteer

Working with an organisation to supply a service. Usually unpaid. The job description will depend on the organisation but in the animal industries could involve animal care, retail, customer or client focused activities.

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Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife Biologist

You will study and monitor wildlife populations and habitats. Wildlife biologists study the effects of weather, disease, habitat alteration and animals (including humans) on wildlife populations.

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X-ray Technician

X-ray Technician

Also called diagnostic radiographers, xray technicians use controlled radiation to produce images of body anatomy. These often help to detect tumours, cancer and bone fractures or abnormalities. Radiographers then make recommendations based on their findings to other clinical staff

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Yard Manager

Yard Manager

Involves varied roles including looking after horses, managing yard routines, staff and suppliers and possibly being responsible for the transport of horses

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Zoo Keeper

Zoo Keeper

Typical responsibilities include cleaning and maintaining enclosures, preparing food and feeding animals and caring for animals that may be ill or injured. It also includes dealing with queries from the public about the zoo animals.

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