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Work Experience Melbourne with Animal Welfare and the RSPCA

Work experience Melbourne placements with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare are a great way for those interested in animal care and protection to learn more about what these organisations do and their role within the community. Applying for work experience can be done through the welfare organisations and you’ll have options for working with animals in the shelters or within the veterinary side of things.

Working with Animal Welfare and the RSPCA

The RSPCA and Animal Welfare have a role within the community caring for animals and helping with different initiatives and campaigns to help people to understand how to care for animals responsibly. During a work experience placement with these organisations, you’ll get to learn more about how these roles are carried out and what is involved in the care, rehabilitation and adoption of animals taken into the shelters.

How do I get work experience?

A good place to start is to visit the websites of the organisations and find out their procedure for accepting work experience students. Generally, you’ll need to submit an application form to outline your interests and motivations for doing this type of work. You’ll also need to be able to handle the physical requirements of the work – from handling animals to preparing their food and cleaning their cages and so on.

What will happen during my work experience?

The day to day experiences you get will depend upon the work that you wish to do. The RSPCA for example, offers places for work experience Melbourne students in either the veterinary side of things, or in the animal shelter.

In the veterinary surgery, you’ll be working with animals that are unwell, injured or require some other attention from a vet.

In the shelter, you’ll get to see how the adoption process works, as well as help care for the animals by cleaning out their cages, preparing their food and ensuring animals the kennels, cattery and barn are all comfortable. This work can be physically demanding and you’ll need confidence with handling animals and working as part of a team to ensure the animals are well looked after.

Working with animals is a rewarding job, and through your experiences with the RSPCA or Animal Welfare, you’ll get a greater understanding of how these organisations are run and what day to day tasks are undertaken to keep the animals healthy and comfortable. Work experience Melbourne students have options to experience the work done by shelter staff and veterinary staff, so you can tailor your experience to better suit your particular interests.

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