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361 Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Veterinary Nurses

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

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