Can be a very rewarding job if you have previous animal care experience/knowledge. No training for pet -care you learn as you go and are generally hired based on your knowledge (paid based on it too). Downside is you won’t get over 30 hours, constantly hiring new people. Expect to be hired in one department and quickly be shuffled around between cash/pet-care/grooming/receiver and stocking. Culture is decent, coworkers usually have established bonds and if you aren’t in the “in-group”, expect the job to be just that- a job. Management leaves something to be desired. Upper management is horrible and inaccessible. In store management is just trying to do its best, but often you will get an 8h week because there aren’t enough hours to go around. You will not get paid fairly as well. Considering all the knowledge/ experience/ patience you need to have and develop the pay is absolutely terrible, expect min wage to +50cents above min wage. But be prepared to have expertise in every aspect of the care for ALL animals in store. Expect to be a triage nurse and voice of the animals in the store. You will be asked to drive sick animals to and from the vet, without mileage compensation. Dealing with excrement, puss, animal fights, administering medications and rude customers comes with the job. The customers who are willing to learn , and the coworkers in the same boat as you make the job okay. If your love of animals is unconditional, you will find some satisfaction in the job. If not, it’s not the place for you.
Hands on with all kinds of animals, coworkers, student accommodation
Management, no hours, low pay, high expectations.