RSPCA Victoria

RSPCA Warrnambool: Animal Care Assistant

 Role Purpose

Animal Care Assistant Volunteers contribute to the daily operations and functionality of our Regional shelters, including Admissions, Cattery, Kennels, Grooming, Adoptions & Clinic, by providing the animals in the care of the RSPCA Victoria with a comfortable and enriching environment. Animal Care Assistant Volunteers help to maintain a high standard of hygiene practices for the animals and provide daily socialisation and enrichment, and prepare the animals for their forever home. Please note this position is for a Monday shift only. 



To be successful in this role, the volunteer will possess the following necessary skills and attributes:

  • General fitness, physical strength and the ability to handle loads up to 10kg and to handle untrained and/or boisterous dogs
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow oral and written instructions carefully
  • Confidence handling dogs, cats and other small animals and an ability to read animal behaviour
  • Ability to be self-sufficient and work well autonomously within a team environment
  • Preparedness to work in a noisy environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to assist across site
  • Previous experience handling livestock, particularly horses, is required for Barn/Livestock roles


 Key Responsibilities

The Animal Care Assistant Volunteer may be responsible for the following activities:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting animal enclosures / pens / cages and equipment in the adoptions and quarantine areas including but not limited to the removal of faeces, cleaning, hosing and disinfecting
  • Preparation and distribution of food and refilling water bowls
  • Changing of bedding and the restocking of bedding ready for use
  • Socialising, enrichment, exercise and/or grooming of animals
  • Distribution / making toys and other environmental enrichment tools
  • Observing animal health and behaviour and reporting any concerns to staff
  • General cleaning and maintenance of the area including cleaning, sweeping, mopping, laundry, restocking supplies, cleaning toys and rubbish removal
  • Other tasks as agreed

Please click "Fill in an Application" button above to register your interest in this position.