SECONDARY SCHOOL WORK EXPERIENCE
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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
Good level of Physical fitness
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
Willing to perform messy tasks
Naturally compassionate and Empathetic
Able to soothe and comfort anxious or distressed animals
Confident around animals
Good Admin skills to keep animal records and perform other administrative practices