Voluntary Work With Animals, Volunteering with Animal Rescue

and Wildlife Charities

If you are looking for Voluntary work with Animals, please click on the regional links below for animal welfare and veterinary organisations around the world for some of the organisations that offer animal volunteering opportunities:


Voluntary Jobs with Animals in the UK     

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in Europe    

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in Africa     

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in Asia      

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in the USA    

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in South America

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in New Zealand    

Voluntary Jobs with Animals in Australia

Volunteer Jobs with International Animal Welfare Organisations

Veterinary Volunteer Jobs Worldwide


Why we suggest that having a relevant animal care or wildlife training is important for voluntary work with animals:

To be at least short-listed for a job in animal care, it is essential to present a CV that shows relevant experience (this can be gained through voluntary work with animals), and relevant training.

Most Animal Rescue centres, Zoos and Vets are finding that they are being approached almost on a daily basis with requests to volunteer and have long waiting list of volunteer applicants. 

So now, finding a volunteer job or work experience is becoming almost as difficult as finding a full time job in animal care.


If you are able to tell the organisation that you want to volunteer with, that you are studying a relevant subject or that you have had relevant training, you are far more likely to gain a voluntary placement with them.                

Whatever your skills or amount of time you have available to offer, there are many animals who will benefit greatly from your offer of volunteering. Volunteering will also give you valuable work experience and will improve your chances of employment within the animal care sector. Working as a volunteer will enable you to gain valuable insight in the specific type of animal care that you aspire to work in.

Animal Jobs Direct aims to inspire and help those wanting to work with animals, to find a suitable and rewarding career in the animal care sector.

Whether you are a school leaver, graduate or a professional looking for a career change, our experts offer free careers advice to anyone wanting to work with animals. Please get in touch for free careers, training and volunteering advice.

In consultation with employers, we have developed a unique range of almost 100 online courses, all based on knowledge, experience and a passion for animal welfare.

Our courses are carefully designed with employers to give learners an improved chance of finding the work they are looking for. 

Most of our courses are studied online from anywhere in the world - many of our students volunteer at the same time as studying one of our courses.

Please get in touch with us for free careers and training advice.

For more information on voluntary work with animals please have a look at our ebooks. The Volunteering with Animals ebook has comprehensive information and contact details for organisations around the world that are looking for volunteers to help them care for animals; this is a great way to gain hands-on experience that will enhance your studies and your CV.

voluntary work with animals

We offer training relevant for Volunteering around the world

Download our Volunteering with Animals Ebook 

Animal Emergency and Disaster Response Course

Animal Nursing Assistant Award

African Wildlife Management and Conservation Course

Animal Behaviour Course 

Wildlife First Aid & Rehabilitation Diploma Course with 1 Week Practical 

Wildlife Care and Conservation Practical Course with 1 or 2 Week Practical 

Responsible Travel Course

Stray & Feral Welfare Management