Animal Attendants provide RSPCA animals with
the everyday care they need. This includes feeding, cleaning and
maintaining the adoption and shelter areas. Our Animal Attendants
inspect the animals first thing in the morning and report to our
veterinary team if there are any animals in need of urgent care or
attention. These staff members may assist our veterinary team in some
tasks related to health and may assist with office duties when not
helping the animals directly.
Our Animal Attendants may take a supervisory role in the shelter, training and leading junior staff and volunteers. They are also responsible for providing visitors with a friendly face to obtain information and advice.
There are no prerequisite qualifications required to be an Animal Attendant. There are a wide range of TAFE animal studies courses that will give you expertise and experience in animal handling and husbandry which is an advantage. The RSPCA also operates an accredited Certificate II in Animal Studies course.
Vets provide RSPCA animals with critical care are highly skilled in their field. The RSPCA veterinary teams at Burwood East and Peninsula assist with more than 22,924
treatments each year. As well as providing critical care to animals in
our shelters, our vets provide care to privately owned animals through
Our vets undertake a full range of veterinary duties in the RSPCA clinics and shelters, including prescribing and administering medical treatment, performing surgery, using diagnostic techniques such as laboratory tests and X-ray examinations, providing obstetric services and vaccinating against disease.
An important element of working as an RSPCA vet is a passion for animal welfare and excellent communication skills. Each day, while working with members of the community, our vets must answer queries as well as educate and inform pet owners. Our vets also undertake regular training to ensure we have knowledge of the latest techniques in veterinary care and provide supervision to enhance the skills of less experienced veterinarians.
Veterinary Science can be studied by entering a three year Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedicine degree at Melbourne University.
Alternatively a three year Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University can be undertaken before transferring to Melbourne University to complete a four year graduate entry Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
University courses are available at a number of levels, including Bachelor, Master or Doctor of Veterinary Science, which will qualify students for professional registration to practice as veterinarians.
RSPCA vet nurses play an important role in our two veterinary clinics at RSPCA Burwood East and Peninsula. Our vet nurses are often at the friendly face you meet at our clinics, on-hand to answer incoming enquiries, assisting with maintenance of animal records and educating pet owners. Our team of veterinary nurses also play an important role behind the scenes assisting veterinarians with animal treatment and surgery.
TAFE courses such as those at NMIT and Box Hill TAFE are recommended to provide potential nurses with all-round training. This training will equip you with the skills to operate a reception area, maintain kennels and animal housing facilities, as well as supervising of the clinic operations and staff. Courses can often be undertaken while you are working as a trainee nurse.
RSPCA Inspectors are
the only non-government officials permitted to enforce animal welfare
legislation (the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act). Our Inspectors
are responsible for investigating complaints of animal cruelty and
performing rescues, while working to educate the community about animal
care. In a number of cases, RSPCA Inspectors are also involved in
preparing briefs for prosecution.
To ensure we're on-hand to assist 24-hours a day, seven days a week, our Inspectors may be required to be on call for emergencies after hours and on some weekends.
There are no prerequisite qualifications to
be an RSPCA Inspector, although most of our Inspectors have a Bachelor
Degree in Agricultural Science or experience in a similar position eg.
Australian Quarantine Inspection Services.
Following a six-month probationary period based in Melbourne, RSPCA Inspectors may be posted anywhere in Victoria. These postings usually last for at least three years.