Animal Volunteer Work UK

Volunteer jobs with animal welfare organisations can vary from helping with kennel duties, assisting with fund raising events, carrying out wildlife surveys, or working on specific projects. Many animal charities exist on limited funds and therefore voluntary workers are much needed and appreciated. 














Animal Volunteer Work UK


 The Animal Jobs Direct Volunteer with Animals ebook Guide provides direct links to animal welfare and rescue charities that offer a range of exciting volunteering opportunities - there are a variety of voluntary jobs in the animal care sector. Many animal charities exist on limited funds, and therefore, voluntary workers are much needed and appreciated.

Our accredited and recognised courses and Ofqual regulated Qualifications enhance employment prospects and are also suitable for volunteers wanting to gain a relevant animal care qualification.














Whether you are a school leaver seeking a career change or are undecided about whether working in the animal care sector is for you, then voluntary work is a great way to find out.any volunteers study an animal care course whilst volunteering and this is a great way to gain theory knowledge that can be applied to a volunteering placement.






Animal Welfare Organisations in the UK

Here are a few of the animal welfare charities in the Uk listed in our Volunteering with Animals Ebook, that offer voluntary work experience



Ashbourne Animal Welfare:

Was established in 1988 and is dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of stray and unwanted cats and dogs. They provide neutering and veterinary care before re-homing. Volunteer assistance required.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home:

Has been rescuing lost and unwanted dogs since 1860 and cats since 1883. The organisation works to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home dogs and cats. Volunteers required for animal volunteer work UK.

The Blue Cross:

Aims to ensure the welfare of animals by providing practical care, highlight the benefits of companionship between animals and people and promote a sense of respect and responsibility towards animals in the community. The organisation provides support to the nation's pets and their owners by: treating pets whose owners cannot afford private veterinary treatment, finding permanent homes for unwanted or abandoned animals and educating the public in responsible animal ownership. Volunteers required.

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home:

Was founded in 1887, the Home has grown in size and many improvements have been made to house a variety of animals. What started as a shelter just for dogs, now accommodates cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds and other small animals. Volunteers required to help with dogs walking.

Relevant Courses

  • Zookeeper Qualification

    Zookeeper qualification, zoo course - The latest animal jobs, and course advice about jobs with animals to help you qualify for the job of your dreams.

  • Animal Welfare Qualification

    The Animal Welfare Officer Course is ideal for anyone who would like to work as an Animal Welfare Officer, and for following a career involving a practical approach to the prevention of animal cruelty.

  • Kennel Cattery Management Course

    The Kennel Cattery management course is Ofqual regulated and meets requirements of the AAL Regulations for working in Kennels and Catteries

  • Dog Behaviourist Course

    Dog Behaviourist Course

  • Canine Care Behaviour And Welfare Award

    This canine care behaviour and welfare course is Ofqual regulated. An AAL qualification for careerS in kennel, rescue, handling or transportation of animals.





More Information about Volunteering in the UK

Volunteering is a great way to obtain hands-on experience and a better understanding of the many different career options open to those wishing to work with animals. If you are seeking a career change, volunteering can be an excellent way of landing your perfect job. It is well known for employers to offer reliable volunteers permanent positions. By signing up as a volunteer, you will gain an invaluable understanding of the work involved. 










Animal Jobs Direct Students enjoying their practical experience at Blackpool Zoo



Many organisations in the UK and around the world work tirelessly to help animals in need. To achieve this, most rely on voluntary help. Some charities welcome volunteers who can only spare a few hours on weekends, and other organisations prefer to have volunteers commit to a specific project with a set volunteer job description.

Through volunteering, you will gain many new skills that will benefit you with applying for vacancies or course placements. It is advisable for anyone wanting to work with animals, from would-be veterinary surgeons to animal care assistant, to first embark on some voluntary work with animals before beginning their career. 

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