Animal Behaviour Assessor Career Profile

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What is an animal behaviour assessor?

An Animal Behaviour Assessor helps animal societies or institutions to assess the overall behaviour of animals.

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​They mostly work with household pets, but some have specialized to work with wild captive held animals.

They work together with animal welfare officers, rehabilitators, behaviourists and adoption facilitators.

Career Categories

The Animal Behaviour Assessor career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Health
  • Animal Care

History?

Animal Behaviorism as a movement and career started way back in the 16th Century

Covert Behaviour?

Behaviour that can't be observed, such as dreaming and thinking.

What does an Animal Behaviour Assessor do?

Groups of animals an Animal Behaviour Assessor works with

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Cats
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Dogs
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Critters
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Farm Animals
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Mammals
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Birds

What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

With who does an Animal Behaviour Assessor work?

Besides working with all of the animals, Animal Behaviour Assessors will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members or the public.

Fellow staff might include:

  • Supervisors/Managers
  • Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance
  • Scientific Researchers

What does an Animal Behaviour Assessor focus on?

An animal behaviour assessor is an official at animal welfare institutions with the responsibility to help assess the condition and behaviour of mostly small domesticated animals.

What are the daily tasks of an Animal Behaviour Assessor?

  • Discuss brief with supervisors
  • Observe the animal
  • Collect statistics
  • Take detailed notes and photographs
  • Write reports
  • Attend conferences
  • Liaises with animal behaviourists, vets and animal welfare officials
  • Administration and filing

Working conditions of an Animal Behaviour Assessor

Where does an Animal Behaviour Assessor work?

Environment

They work mostly indoors to assess the animals.

Places of Employment –

Animal behaviour assessors can work in a variety of settings, including government, universities and research facilities, animal training facilities, animal shelters, and organizations that promote animal welfare.

What is the average annual salary of an Animal Behaviour Assessor?

Typical entry-level jobs could start at less than US$30,000 per year. This may differ depending on country and place of employment.

Can an Animal Behaviour Assessor be promoted?

Animal Behaviour Assessors working for specific institutions may have a general line of promotion. 

Advancement in the field typically depends on work experience. First-year assessors often fit their training commitments around the daily work demands.

The levels of each promotion might differ from organization to organization, but generally are the following:

Intern -> Junior Assessor -> Senior Assessor -> Manager

What kind of difficulties can an Animal Behaviour Assessor face?

The greatest difficulty of being an Animal Behavior Assessor is the time it takes to gain experience, as most places unfortunately will have this as a requirement. Another difficulty is the hours spent in the field, studying the animals, as well as the fact that most posts are not highly paid. This is a career that most people pursue out of the love and passion they have for animals.

​Future growth and Possibilities:

On average the industry is expected to grow by around 5% annually.

Availability of Jobs

Average

Which Skills are required by an Animal Behaviour Assessor?

The skills required for a career as an animal behaviour assessor can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills
35%

Career Skills

  • Good business knowledge
  • Good animal care skills
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills
65%

Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become an Animal Behaviour Assessor?

Minimum educational requirements

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a High School Certificate, but there are places of employment who do require higher levels of education, such as college diplomas or even Bachelor’s Degrees. 

Study Focus

Major –

You can study fields such as biology, animal handling, animal behaviour and physiology.

Short Courses –

Educational qualifications for this career will be primarily from completing relevant short courses, such as in animal behaviour, animal handling and care, as well as animal first aid.

Study Duration

The duration of College Diplomas and University Degrees can range between 3 to 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career

Being an animal behaviour assessor can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern assessor after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into most of the animal health and care careers, most of the skills you will need as a behaviour assessor will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior behaviourist.

Join the Animal Behaviour Assessors Group to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of educational qualification people had when entering the Career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the Community.

Professional Associations

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animal behaviour.

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