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Pet Groomers & Animal Keepers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Pet Groomers & Animal Keepers provide care for animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, reptiles. They feed, groom and train animals.
    They are responsible for feeding animals;
    exercising animals to maintain their health;
    perform animal grooming tasks e.g., bathing animals, cutting nails, clipping hairs etc.; cleaning and sterilising equipment and the living spaces of animals;
    monitoring animals, and recording their physical conditions and behaviour;
    examining animals to detect signs of illness;
    training animals to obey or develop desired behaviour;
    ordering and storing feed and supplies; performing routine animal care equipment maintenance, e.g., feeding devices, animal cages.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Animal care knowledge and skills

Pet Groomers & Animal Keepers must know how to take care of animals, such as bathing, blowing hair, manicures, and feeding.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • completion of training course related to animal care such as International Prof. Groomers Inc. (IPG) Cert. is an advantage


  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Work Environment

  • Pet Groomers & Animal Keepers generally work in zoos, stables, kennel, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums etc. They perform physically demanding tasks e.g., moving and cleaning cages. They may work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. They may work full time or part time.


  • Pet bathing brushes
  • Animal cages
  • Animal handling gloves
  • Animal handling sleeves
  • Animal nail clippers; Animal nail files; Animal nail grinders
  • Aquarium filters
  • Aquarium heaters
  • Dog muzzles
  • Dog training collars
  • Fish tanks
  • Grooming shears
  • Pressure or steam cleaners
  • Protective coveralls
  • Reins
  • Training whistles

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