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361114 - Zookeeper

Description

Feeds, provides water for and monitors the health of animals in zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, cleans, fixes and maintains animal cages, and informs visitors about animals.

Skill Level

3

Specialisations

    • Aquarist

Skills Assessment Authority

VETASSESS

Caveats

Not eligible if:

Caveat 10

TSS, ENS - The position is not located in regional Australia (within the meaning of subregulation 5.19(7) of the Regulations).

Group: 3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers

Description

train, feed, groom and care for animals.

Tasks

    • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
    • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
    • training animals to perform in competitions
    • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
    • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
    • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
    • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
    • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
    • dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests

Skill Level

The occupations Dog Trainer or Handler, Horse Trainer and Zookeeper in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

The occupations Pet Groomer, Kennel Hand and Animal Attendants and Trainers nec in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Occupations in this Group

    • 361111 Dog Trainer or Handler
    • 361112 Horse Trainer
    • 361113 Pet Groomer
    • 361114 Zookeeper
    • 361115 Kennel Hand
    • 361199 Animal Attendants and Trainers nec

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