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.

  • The emphasis of the job involves working with people as well as animals. Strong people skills are essential and you will require the temperament to cope with pressure and some extremely emotional and stressful situations.
  • The physical demands are intense. You will work at heights, on and from ladders and roofs. You should expect to work in confined areas, e.g. cramped loft or roof spaces, to perform animal rescues and other duties.
  • The practical aspects of the work require the lifting, carrying and moving of equipment and animals. You should consider that dogs, for example, may weigh 30-40 kg, and sheep more than 70kg. You will find yourself subjected to intermittent, highly physical activity.
  • On occasion, the position demands working in an around water so you'll need to be a strong swimmer. If your application is successful you will undergo a swimming assessment early in the training, which you'll need to pass in order to complete your training.
  • The psychological demands are challenging. trainee inspectors work alone, in unfamiliar areas night and day, and manage aggressive, confrontational and emotionally disturbing situations.
  • You will regularly be required to work at weekends and evenings, and should carefully consider any interests or arrangements you may have that would be affected by working unsociable hours.
  • You must hold a full UK driving licence when you complete your application and be an experienced driver (inspectors annually drive in excess of 25,000 miles). There will be a driving assessment at the start of the course which applicants will need to pass.
  • You will work in a disciplined, structured environment with high standards of performance. You will wear a uniform and report to senior officers of the inspectorate. You are expected to be punctual, and smartly presented.

Want to apply?

If you've got what it take 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.

Read our information for candidates


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

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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.