Feeds, waters, grooms, bathes, exercises, or otherwise cares for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Works in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Animal Science pathway.
A person in this career:
- Feeds and waters animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
- Mixes food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.
- Examines and observes animals for signs of illness, disease, and injury.
- Provides treatment to sick or injured animals, or contacts veterinarians to secure treatment.
- Does facility laundry and cleans, organizes, maintains, and disinfects animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment, such as saddles and bridles.
- Performs animal grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.
- Answers telephones and schedules appointments.
- Responds to questions from patrons, and provides information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.
- Orders, unloads, and stores feed and supplies.
- Collects and records animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.