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Pet Retail Assistant

Pet retail assistants work in retail outlets caring for live animals and selling them as pets and companions. They may also offer a broad range of pet supplies, grooming equipment, feed, housing and bedding for sale.

Pets sold in pet stores can vary greatly and some stores specialise in one type of animal. Popular animals  for sale include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice, gerbils, chipmunks, fish, birds, snakes, lizards and insects. Although cats and dogs are the most popular domestic animals, only a small percentage of pet stores have them for sale. 

A pet retail assistant should have a keen interest in animals. Their duties may include; providing customers with information regarding animal care and welfare; assisting customers in their pet selection; feeding, exercising and handling the animals; changing bedding and cleaning out fish tanks; checking water temperatures and chemical balance in fish tanks; and ensuring animals remain healthy and free of disease. They may also be required to take payments and keep the shop clean, tidy and presentable. They are also expected to have good customer service skills.

A pet retail assistant starting out can expect to earn around £11,500 a year.  This can rise to £17,000 a year, or more.


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