Fancy working for the RSPCA when you leave school?
Then this new series of posts is for you! Every month ‘RSPCA careers’ will focus on a different role at the RSPCA so that you can start dreaming about, or even planning, your future career in animal welfare. This time we find out all about being a groom.
What does a groom do?
A groom looks after the horses in their care. You’ll make sure the animals are fit and well, given any medication they need, help the vet and the farrier, and make sure the horse has the right diet and a clean, appropriate stable and tack. It is also your responsibility to exercise the horses you look after and teach basic schooling.
What sort of person would I have to be?
You will need to be energetic, patient and friendly, have a real love of horses and want to be around them all the time.
Where could I work?
You could work at one of the RSPCA’s animal centres with an equine section: these are Felledge in County Durham, Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey and Gonsal Farm in Shropshire. Lockwood Donkey Centre in Surrey also has a few horses.
What qualifications do I need?
You need a basic level of education and, because of competition for the jobs, our centres look for applicants with an equine qualification, such as an NVQ in equine care, British Horse Society stage, or National Certificate in horse care. Relevant experience is also important.
Does being a groom sound like the job for you? Let us know in the comments. Next time we’ll be looking at the work of a press officer – great if you love writing!