Opening Hours

Animal Viewing Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 3pm

General Hours: 
Most Days: 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays:  10am - 5pm
CLOSED: Sundays and Public Holidays

Our Shelter will be closed to the public the first Wednesday of each month.

Employment Opportunities

RSPCA ACT offers a range of exciting roles at a variety of levels. From time to time, opportunities become available and are filled through a merit-based process. Core skills needed for all roles at RSPCA ACT include:

An empathy for and understanding of animal welfare
Outgoing personality embodying a willingness to always improve
Loyalty, honesty, integrity and personal maturity
Able to balance passion with integrity and common sense

RSPCA adopts an equal employment philosophy. Successful candidates are required to submit a police check and in some circumstances, a medical examination may be sought.

RSPCA ACT offers:
Free parking
Subsidised Veterinary Care for your pet
A range of other employee benefits

Available Positions


RSPCA ACT’s mission is the prevention to cruelty to animals in the ACT. We are the only animal shelter for all species, as well as, full time animal welfare Inspectorate in the greater Canberra community. Our 60+ staff members and hundreds of volunteers care for thousands of abused, neglected, abandoned, injured, sick and unwanted animals every year.

Click here to read more about our history and our mission.

Dog Trainer - Contractor

RSPCA ACT is looking to expand the expertise in our Dog Training Services School.

Do you want to influence harmonious and trusting relationships between Canberrans and their dogs?

Do you want to assist Canberrans be better dog owners?

If you answered YES!

Then we would like to meet you!

We are looking for enthusiastic & experienced dog trainers to contract their skills to RSPCA ACT. This will be primarily to conduct group sessions with clients and their dogs. But also to evolve our training programs, in conjunction with our Dog Training Services Coordinator, to one-one classes to address specific common behavioural challenges, and also refresher and group consolidation classes.

What RSPCA ACT requires:

  • Certification from a dog training accrediting agency, such as the Delta Society or the National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF), or equivalent
  • Sound knowledge of dog training techniques using positive reinforcement training methods and knowledge of current trends
  • Have a current Working with Vulnerable Peoples registration
  • Ability to follow current curriculum, but also contribute feedback for the development of the curriculum.
  • Sound knowledge & understanding of animal behaviour and body language.
  • Proven experience working as a dog trainer.
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Strong dog handling skills.
  • A love for dogs AND their people.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to provide clear instruction and advice to the general public, community groups, stakeholders and children.
  • Ability to train other people and impart knowledge, including mentoring less experienced dog trainers.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with a diversity of individuals from both within and outside RSPCA ACT.
  • Some flexibility around working weekends and evenings
  • A passion for animal welfare.

What you can expect from us:

  • Supportive & experienced network to ensure your success
  • Cover under RSPCA ACT relevant insurances
  • Existing curriculum & established processes
  • Secure areas to conduct classes
  • Experience with a wide range of dogs and people
  • Scheduled classes to fit your work/life balance
  • Competitive rates for the delivery of classes.

In order to apply please email a cover letter and current resume outlining how you meet the above requirements to

Veterinarians Part-time, RSPCA ACT - Casual, New Grads

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ACT is Australia’s prominent animal welfare organisation. We provide a strong voice for animals experiencing cruelty and neglect. The RSPCA ACT is committed to the care and welfare of animals, providing extensive professional facilities, including a fully equipped veterinary hospital with dedicated staff to care for animals.


There are opportunities to join us on either a part time or casual basis that may require some weekends and on-call work.  We also welcome New Grads to apply.


RSPCA ACT offers :

  • A happy supportive team
  • Flexible hours to enjoy a family friendly work-life balance
  • AVA membership
  • Support to continue professional development
  • An environment to share your passion for animal welfare
  • An interesting mix of consulting, treatment and surgical opportunities.


What we are looking for:

  • Appropriate Veterinary Science qualification with registration for Veterinary’s Board of ACT.
  • A great work ethic
  • A team player
  • A passion for animal welfare
  • A passion for fostering great customer relations
  • Experience in not-for-profit would be an advantage
  • Experience with wildlife would be an advantage


To apply for the position, you will need to download the following documents from :

            Job Description

            Health Declaration

            Personal Information Cover Sheet


Applications are to be emailed to