Equine Groom (3770)

Company Details


Address: Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, RH13 9RS

Webiste: https://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/jobs/jobvacancies

We're the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and we've been here, looking out for animals, since 1824.

It's our vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion.

Every day, with the help of our people and our generous supporters, we take steps to achieve our mission. From rescuing a stranded deer to changing the law, we've already achieved so much and come so far.

Job Description

Job location: Surrey | South East

Role: Horse Care | Animal Care

Position: Full time

Job details:

Job title: Equine Groom

Location:  Millbrook Animal Centre

Salary:  Circa. £18,000 per annum plus 4% shift allowance

Hours: Full Time (35 Hours)

Closing date: 10:00 Friday 30th July 2021


Are you looking for a new opportunity to make a real difference to animals’ lives? Do you have a passion for working with horses and ponies? If so, we can’t wait to hear from you!

At Millbrook our equine rehabilitation and rehoming process aims to provide second chances for horses and find perfectly matched owners. Your role is vital to provide care for Equines in the Centre and to contribute and support their rehabilitation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual who has strong communication skills and in depth knowledge and experience of equine care and husbandry. 

Our vision is a society where no animal suffers unnecessarily. Some animals that come to us have been mistreated, kept in awful conditions or left without free access to food or water. They may arrive terrified and it's up to us to try and work out why and bring them round to trusting people again. We do this on a daily basis with a dedicated team that we're extremely proud of. The work can be tough, both physically and emotionally but very rewarding. Our aim is to place every animal who walks or is carried through our doors into new, responsible, kind and caring homes.


What you’ll be doing: 

  • Day to day care of a variety of equines at the Centre, ensuring their welfare needs are met and all Health and Safety measures and procedures are observed and adhered to.

  • Feeding, grooming, general health care, cleaning of facilities, handling/groundwork, assisting farriers and veterinary surgeons.

  • Taking an active role in the adoption of equines from the Centre, including undertaking assessments, promoting equines and providing excellent customer service when in contact with members of the public and prospective adopters.

  • Maintaining records and administration procedures relating to the care and adoption of equines.

  • Assisting with other areas of the Centre when required, including fundraising and domestic animal care.

You’ll have: 

  • NVQ level 2 or 3 in Equine care/BHS qualifications or equivalent

  • In depth knowledge and experience of equine care and husbandry

  • Competent riding ability

  • Some backing schooling/rehabilitation experience, preferably experience handling equines with behavioural issues

  • Good communication skills

  • Good literacy skills

  • Excellent team player skills


What’s in it for you: 

You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. 


We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:


35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme. 


How to apply: 


To apply, please complete our online application form quoting reference G3770 by the closing date of 10:00 Friday 30th July 2021. A job description can be downloaded from this web page.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications are received.


Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic we will be holding interviews through Google Hangouts. For any part of the recruitment process requiring an onsite visit a full assessment will be carried out to ensure everyone’s safety. 


All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.


We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. We actively encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.


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