Pet shop workers or assistants are responsible for
serving customers. They sell domestic animals, for
example rabbits, kittens, lizards and fish, and also pet
food, cages, accessories and equipment. They often
advise customers on pet care and products.
Some shops may specialise in a particular type of animal, for example aquatic centres which sell mainly fish. Workers here may be expected to provide more in- depth advice and information.
Pet shop workers also carry out the routine tasks of providing food and water for the animals; cleaning both animals and cages; and exercising animals where necessary. This will involve handling many different kinds of creature, which may also be necessary when showing them to customers.
Other duties might include, maintaining stock levels; dealing with deliveries; taking payments, and weighing food quantities.
Pet shop workers usually work around 39 hours a week,
during the day, Monday to Sunday. Part-time hours are
The work can be smelly and dirty, so overalls or an apron may need to be worn. This job can involve strenuous activity and, due to contact with animals and cleaning agents, can be unsuitable for people with certain skin conditions.
To be a pet shop worker you should:
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