5 of the Best and Most Fun Careers for Animal Lovers (Like You!)

Are you a certified animal lover and looking for a career where you can earn and have fun working with different animals and pets? If so, you’re in place! In this blog post, we will take a look at five of the best careers for animal lovers and pet parents. These careers offer good pay, plenty of growth opportunities, and fun working environments. Plus, we also give you some bonus tips on how you can start creating a new career path and become qualified for these exciting and fulfilling animal jobs. You’re welcome!

The 5 best and most fun careers for animal lovers and pet parents in random order.

1. Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technician

Average Salary: Between $25,000 and $40,000 Per Year

Job Role: Work in veterinary clinics, animal hospitals or animal shelters to assist veterinarians in caring for sick or injured animals, performing different laboratory tests to determine infection or disease and providing its results for proper and accurate diagnosis.

Veterinary Technicians perform veterinary medicine studies and procedures that use certain technologies to determine a certain animal disease and use its result to help the veterinarian diagnose a proper treatment. Their duties also include administrative tasks such as taking vital signs, giving vaccines, reporting findings of tests and other responsibilities that assist veterinary physicians, animal scientists, wildlife biologists, wildlife rehabilitators, and more.

What makes this job fun for animal lovers?
Aside from the fulfilling opportunity to work with different animals, you’re also able to conduct research about contemporary veterinary medicine, old and new types of diseases in animals, and how you can utilise modern lab and clinical procedures to come up with a better and safer treatment. So if you’re looking for a career that dives deeper into the world of animal science while having fun in the company of pets and animals, then joining the bandwagon of successful veterinary technicians in Australia is the right one for you!

2. Animal/ Pet Groomer

Animal Groomer

Average Salary: Between $20,000 and $30,000 Per Year

Job Role: Responsible for bathing, grooming, and ensuring proper hygiene for different animals, especially cats and dogs. They also perform creative and stylish haircuts for dogs that compete in dog shows or commercials.

When it comes to making sure the pets are looking their 100% best, animal or pet groomers are the experts! Their job consists of daily taking care of animals and pets’ appearance and well-being through bathing them, trimming their nails, and using quality and safe products to remove tangles, matted furs, and lice.

What makes this job fun for animal lovers?
If you once dreamt to be in Animal Planet’s “Groomer Has It” show, or competed in any popular international canine shows in Australia, then surely a pet groomer career will provide you with the most rewarding experience. Of course, who would not agree that giving out four-legged fellas a fresh new look is utterly satisfying?

3. Animal/Dog Trainer

Dog Trainer

Average Salary: Between $25,000 and $50,000 Per Year

Job Role: Animal Trainers perform different training techniques to ensure the animal is physically and emotionally well-balanced. They also execute certain obedience training, especially to dogs, to correct a particular behaviour or establish a better relationship between them and their owners.

Being an animal or dog trainer is more than just teaching pets tricks; it’s also about building relationships with other animals and their owners. Through conducting a series of training, they educate pet owners to effectively communicate and establish discipline through body language, signs and cues. This is essential, especially for first-time pet owners or families who want to ensure their canine companions are safe to be around their children, visitors, strangers, and/or other dogs.

What makes this job fun for animal lovers?
If you’re dreaming of becoming your own Cesar Millan, Brandon McMillan, or Jackson Galaxy one day, then you have a bright future of working as an animal trainer, dog trainer, or animal behaviourist. This career doesn’t only allow you to work with different animals and provide tailored exercises and training to work their behaviour, but you will also be able to bond with them and understand their unique personalities better.

Lastly, you will have the opportunity to work with their owners, hear their stories and use it to educate them about animal behaviour and advise on how they can understand their pets better, and how they can keep them happy and well-balanced.

4. Zoo Worker/ Zookeeper

Zookeeper

Average Salary: Between $30,000 and $50,000 Per Year

Job Role: Zoo workers or zookeepers work in zoos, nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries, or wildlife reserves to help zoologists and wildlife veterinarians ensure the health, safety, and well-being of both free and captured wild animals.

They provide wild animals with their daily needs such as food, water, and medication to ensure their happiness, health, welfare and well-being. They also assist veterinarians in performing lab tests, providing therapies or treatment to the diseased animals, and monitoring their recovery from time to time.

Lastly, their job also includes working with animal trainers to ensure the animals are safe to interact with strangers, especially in petting zoos; performing tricks for entertainment, and educating visitors about exotic animals and their history, natural habitats, and behaviour.

What makes this job fun for animal lovers?
The best part about being a zookeeper or zoo worker is that you get to spend all day long bonding with different animal species, understanding their personalities and needs, and giving importance to keeping them from going extinct. If you want to contribute to preserving the wildlife and educating people about them, then a career in the zoo will surely entice you!

5. Pet Sitter

Pet Sitter

Average Salary: Between $20,000 and $40,000 Per Year

Job Role: A pet sitter’s role is to watch over and provide care, exercise, and medicine (if needed) to pets while their owners are away.

To busy pet owners, pet sitters are lifesavers. They are gentle and kind-hearted animal caretakers who ensure the pet’s health and well-being while their owners are away. Usually, they follow certain care instructions from the owners or kennel attendants when it comes to food and medication. However, due to their innate care instincts and being natural animal lovers, they mostly go above and beyond to make sure the pets will return to their owners happy, safe, and healthy.

Some animal caretakers or ‘nannies’ also work in animal sanctuaries or pet adoption facilities to collaborate with pet adoption counsellors, animal rescue workers or kennel attendants, to provide foster care to rescued animals.

What makes this job fun for animal lovers?
Aside from earning extra pay from taking care of their neighbour or client’s pets, they also have the opportunity to bond with different pets and do fun activities with them, which don’t always happen in their household. Those activities include taking the dogs for a walk, giving them puppuccinos, keeping them company during their monthly vet visits or grooming sessions, and more. So if you’re looking for a career that allows you to work with different pets one at a time and without going too far from your location, then you’ll enjoy a pet sitter career!

5 Quick Tips to Increase Your Hiring Chances in the Animal Care Industry

Do Volunteer Work

If you’re looking for a new career-related experience to include in your CV and increase your hiring chances for your ideal animal care job, then you should consider checking volunteer opportunities in your community. Some community work involves rescuing animals or caring for animals in shelters or sanctuaries; they will not only provide you with professional experience but will give you hands-on practice to give you the skills you need.

Grow Your Connections

Don’t you know that you can find potential career opportunities or recommendations from your pet’s favourite places such as the dog park or pet store? While taking your four-legged friend for a walk or a treat, seize the opportunity to meet and connect with new people who might be working in your target organization. They may be able to recommend a job vacancy or endorse you to a hiring specialist to help you land your dream job. 

Reaching out to your family members, relatives, friends or acquaintances can help you expand your connection, as well. So don’t hesitate to get out, because the opportunity is likely to be out there.

Update and Tailor Your CV

How often should you update your CV? At least 2 to 3 times a year, depending on your experience. If you’re new in the animal care industry or shifting from an entirely different job, then you may need to revamp your whole CV. 

You can start editing it by removing the irrelevant skills and experiences, then replace them with the new ones you have acquired from doing volunteer work or earning a certificate. When all the necessary contact information, skills, work history and certifications are placed, proofread your CV to double-check for misspellings and grammar errors.

Here’s a bonus: Power up your CV with an attention-grabbing cover letter. It should include your contact information, mention the job you’re applying for and a strong opening statement. Hiring experts recommend starting with expressing your interest in the role, then following up with presenting how your skills, years of experience and passion will make you the best candidate for the role. Here’s an example:

To Hiring Manager,

Good day! Hope this letter reaches you in good health and safety. My name is ____________, and I’m interested in working as an animal welfare support officer in your organization. I strongly believe that my 8 years of experience and expertise working in animal rescue groups and humane societies will contribute to the company’s vision and mission to further prevent animal cruelty through education. I can use my skills in basic veterinary science, animal welfare, and animal behaviour to help educate the community about the responsibilities of caring for domesticated animals, how they can help reduce the strays in the country through volunteering in animal rescue jobs, and how they can treat animals with care and train them to become wonderful companion animals…

Hiring managers only have less than 10 seconds to read your cover letter, so make sure it’s concise and attention-worthy. 

Take Online Courses

Finally, if you want to give your hiring chance a boost, consider taking up an online animal care course and earning a certificate. There are hundreds of online providers and universities that offer nationally-recognised and industry-approved courses whose certifications are highly accepted by companies across the country. 

Final Thoughts

Do any of these animal careers trick your interest? Or do you know someone who needs to follow their passion to take care of orphaned animals, help endangered species, contribute to animal rescue, or prevent animal abuse to domesticated and stray animals? Then feel free to share this article or look at our available animal care courses to help you get started. Good luck!

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