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Careers with cats: How can I become a Cat Care Assistant?

Dreaming of a career with cats? You might be surprised to find out how many job roles there are out there for those with a fondness of felines.

In celebration of GCSE results day, we’re launching the first in our series that focuses on cat-based careers. This week we meet Avril Fuller, Senior Cat Care Assistant at the National Cat Centre.

Cat Care Assistant Avril holding cat in adoption centre


What inspired you to become a Cat Care Assistant?

There were several reasons I wanted to become a Cat Care Assistant (CCA). Firstly, I was looking for a change of career and I was attracted to the idea of working for a charity. I already had a huge love of cats so where better to work than with Cats Protection?


How did you become a Cat Care Assistant?

At the time I had no animal-based qualifications and no experience working in an animal welfare environment. To build up my knowledge and improve my chances of getting a job I volunteered at my closest Cats Protection adoption centre for a year and a half. It was during this time that I gained a lot of experience, taking every learning opportunity I could find. Soon enough an opportunity came up and I was accepted as a full-time CCA.


What is the best thing about your job with cats?

I get to talk about my favourite subject all day, cats! Not only that but I get to be involved in the care and rehabilitation of many cats from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Seeing them grow in confidence and finally go to a loving forever home is one of the greatest joys this job can give.


Read the other posts in our series here: Sarah talks about becoming a Veterinary Surgeon, and Dom chats about his career as a cat behaviourist.

For more information on working for Cats Protection, go to our careers site.

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