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Become an RSPCA inspector

Do you want to be on the frontline in the prevention of animal cruelty?

The role of an RSPCA inspector can be hugely rewarding in terms of making a real difference to the well-being of animals and in educating owners who care for them. However, it’s also extremely demanding and specialised.


Things to consider 

Please consider the following information before continuing with your application.

Psychologically demanding

The job involves working with people as well as animals. You will need strong people skills and be able to cope with extremely emotional and stressful situations.

The hours are unsociable, successful applicants will regularly be required to work evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

The role involves spending a lot of time on the road, driving in excess of 25,000 miles each year in a manual transmission van in both urban and rural conditions.

Inspectors work alone, in unfamiliar areas night and day, and manage aggressive, confrontational and emotionally disturbing situations.

Physically intense

At times, inspectors are expected to work at heights or in cramped conditions to rescue animals or perform other duties.

The practical aspects of the work require the lifting, carrying and moving of equipment and animals. You will find yourself subjected to intermittent, highly physical activity.

On occasion, the position demands working in and around water so you will need to be a confident, strong swimmer.

Got what it takes?

Want to join the ranks of our uniformed inspectorate?

Our inspectors work within a disciplined, structured environment with high standards of performance. If you would like to become an RSPCA inspector you will need to meet the criteria set out in our candidate information.


Trainee inspector vacancies

We're currently not recruiting for Trainees. Please keep checking our job vacancies page for more information as it becomes available.


Find a volunteering opportunity near you

A few hours of your time would make a huge difference to the animals in our care.

See what you might be able to help with.

Can you help?

We currently have approximately 400 inspectors fighting for better animal welfare.

It costs £50,000 to train each inspector and get them on the road; investigating cruelty and rescuing animals.

Please, help us train more vital inspectors, give what you can today.

Thank you.