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361 Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Veterinary Nurses

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

361 Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Veterinary Nurses

Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Veterinary Nurses care for, groom and train animals, and assist Veterinarians.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • training animals to obey commands and perform in competitions
  • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
  • filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • assisting Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations
  • maintaining animal health records and monitoring animal health conditions and recovery after operations