Animal Care & Management
The companion animal sector employs more than 30,000 people and generates $4.2 billion in annual turnover (2002-2003 figures), and is a growing industry. This sector includes animal welfare, local councils and port authority's as well as pet products retailers, groomers, boarding kennels, pet food and accessories manufacturing and vet nurses. It is an area growing in importance as the impact of animal welfare and behaviour is better understood. Industry sectors are animal control and regulation, animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services, veterinary nursing.
There are many interesting and rewarding careers in Animal Care & Management. Persons interested in pursuing a career in the industry can choose to work in any of the following key industry sectors:
Animal control and regulation
Companion animals services
Animal Control and Regulation
Animal control and regulation is a segment of the industry that is primarily concerned with the policy and procedures employed by local governments throughout Australia to facilitate the relationship between pets, their owners and the general community. The duties of an officer working in this sector vary, but may include the responsibility for educating the public about pet ownership, enforcing State legislation and regulations and local government by-laws, minimising pet nuisance and the policing of animal exercise areas.
The animal technology industry involves the use of animals in research and is a sector of the industry that has grown rapidly over recent years. Animal technicians at a junior level are involved in the care and husbandry of animals and at a senior level may be involved in facility management, surgery, techniques or assisting with research.
The captive animal industry involves animals that are held in captivity in zoos, wildlife parks, sanctuaries and rescue centres. Individuals employed to take care of animals in captivity are often known as keepers. The duties of a keeper are many and varied and typically include responsibility for the feeding of animals, the maintenance of animal hygiene, ensuring the safety of animals, the upkeep of animal enclosures and exhibits and conducting public information sessions.
Companion Animal Services
The companion animal services sector embraces a wide range of diverse and highly specialised operations including, pet retail outlets, pet grooming services, pet boarding facilities and animal training facilities. The duties of a companion animal worker varies depending on the service areas they are employed, but may include the daily care of animals including feeding, the maintenance of animal hygiene and housing, grooming and ensuring animal safety. They may also be required to provide information to the public about relevant products and services.
Veterinary nurses provide support and assistance to veterinarians mostly in private companion animal and mixed practices. Common tasks include providing support to the veterinarians during surgery and consultations, maintaining clinic hygiene, nursing hospitalised patients, carrying out recepiton duties and performing laboratory and radiographic routines.
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