Careers

Careers with SPCA Canterbury

At SPCA Canterbury, we receive many enquiries from students and members of the public interested in working for our organisation. While most people are familiar with our Animal Centre and uniformed Inspectors, there are a wide range of jobs available within the SPCA organisation - including; Animal Carers, Inspectors/Field Officers, Finance/Administration, Marketing/Fundraising and more.

SPCA Canterbury operates a professional workplace. We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who are extremely passionate about animal welfare. People who work for the SPCA have a strong commitment to the organisation, the animals in our care, and to the community that support us.

From time to time, opportunities for paid positions, become available. To view our latest vacancies, please click here.

A career with animals

What qualifications will you need and how should you go about it?

Working as a volunteer animal attendant (for people age 16 and over) is always a good introduction to the SPCA. By volunteering at your local SPCA, you become familiar with how the organisation works, who is responsible for what, how the various areas function, how individual cases are handled, and so on. Having plenty of hands-on experience with your own animals is also helpful.

School age students:

The following are suggested school study subjects to help lead you in the right direction:

  • For younger students – Large Animal Science Badge
  • High school subjects – Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and English
  • Older students - Animal work experience at an SPCA, vet clinic, pet shop, or boarding kennels/cattery.

The following tertiary qualifications that would be useful for an SPCA animal attendant or field officer are:

  • National Certificate in Animal Care
  • National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

If you are interested in becoming an Inspector you will need the following qualifications:

Certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations
Click here to find out more about the course and qualifications.

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