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How to become a Kennel Worker

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What does a Kennel Worker do?

Kennel workers care for dogs and cats in kennels or catteries.

They feed and groom the animals, exercise dogs, keep the premises clean and care for animals who become ill or distressed.

Kennel workers may be employed in boarding kennels, which provide care for animals whilst their owners are away for short periods, or by organisations such as the RSPCA, which look after stray, abandoned or mistreated animals.

Some administrative work may be involved, including keeping records, taking bookings and handling payments.

Some kennels may specialise in racing, breeding, hunt, quarantine or training.

What's the working environment like working as a Kennel Worker?

Kennel workers work about 40 hours a week, usually starting early in the morning. Hours are variable, and weekend and night work is common. Part-time work may be available.

Kennel work can be physically demanding, and involve working in noisy, dirty or smelly conditions. Kennel workers have to work outdoors in all weathers conditions.

What does it take to become a Kennel Worker?

To be a kennel worker you should be:

  • fit and healthy
  • confident about handling animals, and able to calm them
  • able to take initiative or work in a team
  • observant and alert to changes in animals' behaviour
  • able to take responsibility.
Computer skills are useful, in order to access animals’ records.

Kennel Worker Career Opportunities

There are only about 3,500 people working in kennels across the UK, and competition for vacancies is often high. In quarantine kennels the demand for workers has decreased significantly now that fewer dogs have to spend time in quarantine.

It is possible to become a kennel manager in a larger organisation. There are also possibilities for self-employment. Some kennel workers use their experience to move into other animal careers, such as dog trainer, RSPCA or SSPCA inspector or veterinary nurse.

Further information

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Lantra
Lantra House
Stoneleigh Park
Nr Coventry
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG
Tel: 0845 707 8007
www.lantra.co.uk

Lantra career advice sites:

www.ajobin.com

www.afuturein.com

RSPCA
Wilberforce Way
Southwater
Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 9RS
www.rspca.org.uk

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Head Office
Hillfields
Burghfield Common
Reading
RG7 3YG
Tel: 0118 983 5555
www.guidedogs.org.uk

Dogs Trust
17 Wakely Street
London
EC1V 7RQ
Tel: 020 7837 0006
www.dogstrust.org.uk

Volunteering England
www.volunteering.org.uk

Volunteer Scotland
www.volunteerscotland.info

Animal Care College
Ascot House
High Street
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JG
Tel: 0870 730 8433
www.animalcarecollege.co.uk

College of Animal Welfare
London Road
Godmanchester
Cambridgeshire
PE29 2LJ
Tel: 0870 062 1122
www.caw.ac.uk

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