Puppies Downunder has developed a secondary school work experience program to inspire the next generation of youth to animal welfare.


Students will finish the week with a deeper understanding of our animals, and the responsibilities, care and knowlege required for their healtha dn wellbeing.

Some key details for applicants: 

The program is a full-day, week-long, and all weather
Successful students will be required to perform physically demanding manual labour duties under supervision.

Who is eligible?
Victorian secondary students aged over 15 years are eligible for the program. 

How to apply

To apply, students must:

1.  Submit a cover letter detailing how they meet the criteria listed in the Role Description

3.    Read the Guidelines for Working with Animals to ensure you have considered the risks of working with animals 

4.    Complete the Work Experience with Animals Form and submit it for consideration to their school's Work Experience Coordinator

5...Submit their application, with the help of the school's Work Experience Coordinator to


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Skills Required



Being naturally compassionate, empathetic and having a love of animals not only means you are good at animal care — it means that you enjoy it. An innate ability to comfort and soothe goes a long way with distressed or anxious animals.

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Confidence around animals

Having confidence around animals is essential and can be achieved by having had a household pet, working in a pet shop or having experience with animals during your life. Reading an animal’s body language equips you with the skills to deal with situations before they arise.

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This one’s crucial because animals can be unpredictable, and they don’t always do what we want them to do. Many animals (especially captive animals) fear people, vets, and other animals and require carers with a calm nature.

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Being a team player with excellent communication skills is a critical element of this role. If you like to be surrounded by like-minded people with a common goal of bettering animals’ lives, you are in a strong position already.

Animal Attendant Role DESCRIPTION

Prepare and provide food and water to animals, as well as bedding and comfortable living conditions

Ensuring animal enclosures and living areas are clear of animal waste, clean and hygienic

Washing and performing basic grooming tasks to animals where needed, including the administering of pest control treatments

Treating minor injuries and ensuring the physical welfare of the animals in your care is met

Assisting in training animals under supervision where needed

Assisting veterinarians in the performing of humane euthanasia where necessary

The most common duties of an Animal Attendant include:


Rescue ignored and injured animals

Dust animals and spray insecticides to control insect pests

Remove animal waste, sterilize and maintain animal cages, and check locks

Prepare food (including special diets) 

Feed fresh water and food to animals

Administer general medications as specified by vets

Examine, prepare, clean, disinfect and maintain comfortable enclosures and cages for animals

Plan mating and fertility programs 

Bathe and groom animals

Maintain health records

Teach animals to follow non-verbal and verbal instructions and address behavioural issues

Train animals to prepare them for competitions

Bath, cut, comb, blow-dry, style pets' coats, clean their ears, and clip their nails

Treat injuries and report acute conditions to Vets

Exercise and play with animals

Talk with the staff and the public 

Respond to visitor’s questions

Observe animal’s reactions to health check-ups

Identify illnesses and injuries and take proactive measures to treat them 

Transfer animals between enclosures

Genuine interest in animals and their wellbeing 

Helping attitude

Good level of Physical fitness 



Customer-service skills 

Enjoy practical and hands-on activities

Enjoy working with people

Good communication skills



Able to work well in a team

Not allergic to animal fur, hair, feathers, and dust

Able to cope with the physical demands of the job



Problem-solving skills

Willing to perform messy tasks

Team player

Naturally compassionate and Empathetic

Able to soothe and comfort anxious or distressed animals

Confident around animals 


Calm Nature

Good Admin skills to keep animal records and perform other administrative practices