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Animal Welfare Officer

Animal Welfare Officers enforce law and educate public on prevention of cruelty to animals.

Job Titles

  • Animal Cruelty Officer
  • Animal welfare Investigator
  • Animal Welfare Worker
  • Animal Protection Officer
  • Animal Rescue Officer


  • Investigate complaints of animal cruelty
  • Rescue animals that have been treated badly
  • Undertake inspections of properties and commercial operations
  • Educate people about the proper treatment of animals
  • Prepare cases for court hearings
  • Care and treat neglected animals
  • Re-home animals once they have recovered

Personal Requirements

  • like working with animals
  • communication skills
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team

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Looking at studying to become an Animal Welfare Officer? Apply for the RSPCA Pet Insurance Future Animal Carers Grant (open Jan-Oct each year)