Animal Care Assistant (Casual) 7644

Company Details


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


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: Kent | South East

Role: Animal Care

Position: Part time

Job details:

We’re recruiting for two Animal Care Assistant to join the team at Leybourne Animal Centre on a casual basis. 

Leybourne Animal Centre opened in 1996 and has the capacity to care for over 50 dogs in our kennels and up to 72 cats in our cattery, we also have a small animal house which caters for just about everything else! This can include ferrets, rodents, birds and even sometimes farm animals. We are also a temporary holding centre for wildlife casualties and have an equine rehoming unit

As an Animal Care Assistant you’ll be providing care for all animals in the Centre, establishing good customer relations with members of the public and RSPCA staff and maintaining administration and health and safety procedures in use.

This is a flexible working relationship as we are unable to guarantee set hours or days. 

What you’ll be doing:


  • Cleaning animal accommodation for cats and dogs to the required standard set by the RSPCA

  • Preparing and providing food and water for all animals in the establishment

  • Performing regular health checks on all animals and giving medical treatments as prescribed by the centres consulting Veterinary Surgeon

  • Attending to the needs of the individual animals including providing exercise/socialisation and grooming for all animals within the care of the centre 

  • Working on Reception and communicating with visitors both face to face and by phone, representing the RSPCA positively and professionally at all times

  • Working as part of a team with staff and volunteers

  • Completing all relevant animal paperwork and updating the Centres computer data base for all animals held on site


You’ll have:


  • Experience working with domestic animals. Good animal handling skills are essential

  • Good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team

  • Good customer care skills

  • Animal Care qualifications are desirable


What’s in it for you:


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


This is a flexible working relationship as we are unable to guarantee set hours or days. Work will be on a casual basis entails filling essential gaps in the roster caused by holiday or sickness.

How to apply:


To apply, please complete our online application form quoting reference ACA7644 by the closing date of Monday 27th September 2021.


Early applications are encouraged, we reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications are received.

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. 

Ending cruelty, promoting kindness and alleviating suffering to animals.


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