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Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Animal Science pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Assigns tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
  • Observes animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
  • Monitors animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
  • Treats animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
  • Establishes work schedules and procedures.
  • Trains workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.
  • Performs the same animal care duties as subordinates.
  • Transports or arranges for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.
  • Inspects buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.
  • Prepares reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Animal Care Supervisor --
  • Animal Caretaker Supervisor --
  • Broiler Supervisor --
  • Cattle Manager --
  • Facility Manager --
  • Facility Supervisor --
  • Feed Manager --
  • Horse Farm Manager --
  • Research Animal Facility Supervisor --
  • Sow Farm Manager --