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Major Group: 3 – Technicians and Trades Workers | Sub-Major Group: 36 – Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers | Minor Group: 361 – Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Shearers | Unit Group: 3611 – Animal Attendants and Trainers
Description: Provides routine care for dogs, including feeding, exercising, monitoring their health and cleaning kennels.
Skill Level 3 : Occupations at Skill Level 3 have a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:
  • – NZ Register Level 4 qualification
  • – AQF Certificate IV or
  • – AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training.
Description: Train, feed, groom and care for animals.
Skill Level: Most occupations in this unit 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 (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
– In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Registration or licensing may be required.
  • Teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
  • Training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
  • Training animals to 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
  • Transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • Maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
  • Exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
  • Dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests