Selects and breeds animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Animal Science pathway.
A person in this career:
- Feeds and waters animals, and cleans and disinfects pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
- Examines animals to detect symptoms of illness or injury.
- Places vaccines in drinking water, injects vaccines, or dusts air with vaccine powder to protect animals from diseases.
- Selects animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics.
- Treats minor injuries and ailments and contacts veterinarians to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.
- Observes animals in heat to detect approach of estrus and exercises animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
- Records animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets.
- Exhibits animals at shows.
- Builds hutches, pens, and fenced yards.
- Clips or shears hair on animals.
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