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Employment Outlook

Boarding Kennel/Cattery Manager

A Boarding Kennel or Cattery Manager will oversee the cats and dogs in the kennels, making sure they are being properly cared for at all times. They may also be involved in scheduling boarding appointments with customers, cleaning out cages, as well as grooming, bathing, feeding, exercising and medicating the animals in care.


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Employment Levels

There are currently around 16,400 people who are employed as Boarding Kennel or Cattery Managers in Australia. The Department of Employment reports that this is set to increase, with roughly 17,100 people within the profession by 2018.

Employment by State

The majority area where you will find Boarding Kennel or Cattery Managers is Victoria. This is 13% higher than the national average. The area with the fewest Boarding Kennel or Cattery Managers is the ACT with 2.3%.

Gender Split

This is a female dominated industry with 62.5% of Boarding Kennel and Cattery Managers being women and 37.5% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for Boarding Kennel and Cattery Managers is 35-44 years old, with 25.8%. However, there are still a number of people (6.8%) who get into this path young, from 15-19 years of age, and who remain in this career until later in life, 65+ (2.9%).

Hours Worked

Boarding Kennel and Cattery Managers work an average of 46.8 hours a week which is 5.7 hours more than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in this profession have a Year 12 qualification (29.9%) or are at Diploma level (28%). 44.4% have a Certificate III or higher, whilst 55.5% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Boarding Kennel/Cattery Manager Duties & Tasks

  • Day to day supervision of Animal Care Attendants
  • Ensure all correct procedures are being adhered to, including health and safety measures
  • Daily care of animals, including watering, feeding, cleanliness and exercise
  • Work closely with the Vets and Veterinary Nurses where appropriate, to provide examinations and treatment
  • Ensure the premises are maintained, tidy and secure at all times
  • Provide training and support to Animal Care Attendants



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.