We are re-launching our Further Education Work Experience Programme across all of our locations from September 2021*

We’re looking forward to welcoming back students to our animal rescue and rehoming centres, and we’ve made the application process easier for 2021 too!


Animal husbandry work placements

At the Scottish SPCA we are always delighted to accommodate work placements for students studying towards a career in animal welfare.

As the applications we receive far outnumber available places, priority will be given to college and university students studying or living in locations within reasonable travelling distance of our animal rescue and rehoming centres throughout Scotland.

Students must be studying towards a qualification related to animal care or veterinary medicine.

Work placements can be tailored in duration to suit the needs of your course. You should provide us, if possible, with details of the specific learning outcomes of the placement you are looking for.

Our animal husbandry work experience placements take place in the following animal rescue and rehoming centre locations:


map of centre locations


How to apply

For information on how to apply for a further education placement with us, please click here.

We will invite applications as follows:

Apply in…

For placements in …


February, March, April


May, June, July


September, October, November

*Please note that we cannot accommodate applications that fall without these periods.

Students of veterinary medicine

In the first and second years of your degree you may require experience of working with specific types of animals e.g. small mammals. These placements would normally take place in our animal rescue and rehoming centres across Scotland and can be applied for in the same way as our animal husbandry work placements. Please click here to apply.

Other work placements

From October 2021, We may be able to accommodate work placements on an ad hoc basis in the following areas -

  • Communications and Engagement
  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Office Reception

These placements would take place at our Scottish SPCA headquarters in Halbeath, Dunfermline. Please contact us at volunteersemail@scottishspca.org and we will contact you to discuss availability.

It is always helpful if you can specify preferred dates for your placements, and provide us with any specific learning outcomes you are required to accomplish for your course.

Ready to apply?

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