What to expect

This role would suit applicants who love animals and are dedicated to improving their welfare; have great animal handling skills; people who wish to experience hands-on work with animals and want to learn about the care and health requirements for future work in the industry; or anyone considering a career in veterinary nursing. 

This can be a challenging role as you may be faced with situations where animals are sick, uncomfortable or in pain.  You might feel emotional about the animals you’re working with and may find this difficult, but ultimately the reward is that you’re making a huge, positive difference to their lives – and yours!

Please note: we are unable to offer placements for Vet nursing students; please contact your course provider.

What are the benefits?

  • Lots of contact with animals
  • Time to interact with and comfort the animals in our care
  • Opportunity to gain new skills and learn about the vet care industry
  • Becoming part of a friendly new community

What are the tasks?

Tasks may include:

  • Bringing animals to the vet nurse, holding them throughout the examination and assisting with administering medication as required.
  • Providing enrichment to the animals under our care by taking them on short walks and toilet breaks, spending time with them and providing them opportunities to interact with other animals and people where appropriate.
  • The daily cleaning of the animals' enclosures which involves removing dirty bedding, cleaning litter trays, and providing clean bedding and toys.
  • Assist with stock control and re-stocking of supplies where appropriate.
  • Sweeping and mopping floors, removing rubbish, washing animals’ water and food bowls, replacing food and water.
  • Hygiene control – this is critical as a shelter environment is a high-risk area for canine and feline diseases, some of which are communicable to humans or your own pets. This means ensuring appropriate sanitisation and hand-washing after handling individual animals or enclosures, use of appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves, aprons etc, to prevent disease and avoid cross contamination. 
  • Assistance with ensuring the vet treatment area is presentable, and general tidying up.
  • Taking soiled linen/towels/bedding to the laundry and collecting clean bedding/towels etc to take back to your area.
  • Undertake general laundry duties as part of each shift, including loading dirty laundry into the machines, loading and/or taking clean washing out of the dryers, and folding all clean items.

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Confidence in working with animals
  • Resilience – you will see and be required to care for animals with various illnesses or injuries and this can be confronting and upsetting
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be physically fit (able to lift 10kg) and able to stand for long periods
  • Attention to detail and able to accurately follow instructions
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Hard working and committed to the RSPCA

When can I volunteer?

  • We have vacancies available: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.
  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 x shift per week for a minimum of 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals. Orientation and animal training will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of volunteering with us you will be required to purchase an RSPCA Volunteer T-shirt for $30. It is also a requirement that before handling animals at the RSPCA you have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

For further information, please contact our Ipswich Volunteer Program Support Team on volunteering.ipswich@rspcaqld.org.au or APPLY NOW below.