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Animal Care and Service Workers

Love for animals and your desire to stay with animals can give you a fulfilling career as Animal Care and related services in different areas. Many people mistake animal care career limited to pet groomer but you’ll be surprised to know that you can work in many different settings and areas-  commercial sports trainer,  boarding kennels, pet stores, animal shelters, rescue leagues, veterinary hospitals and clinics, stables, laboratories, aquariums and natural aquatic habitats, and zoological parks.
Animals’ care and service workers have excellent job opportunities along with satisfying career. Job titles and duties vary by employment setting, some of them are listed below:
-Non-farm animal caretakers
-Animal trainers
-Kennel attendants
-Pet sitters

Role of Animal Care and Service Workers

  • Feed and groom animals
  • Assess animals
  • Identify different methods to teach animals
  • Clean equipment and the living spaces of animals
  • Monitor animals and record information such as their diet, physical condition, and behavior
  • Examine animals for signs of illness or injury
  • Exercise animals
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Train animals to obey or to do specific behaviors

Skills of Animal Care and Service Workers

Compassion: All workers must be compassionate and treat the animals with kindness.

Customer-service skills: Animal care and service workers should understand pet owners’ needs so they can provide services that leave the owners satisfied.

Detail oriented:  Workers must be detail oriented because they are often responsible for keeping animals on a strict diet, maintaining records, and monitoring changes in animals’ behavior.

Patience: Many animal caretakers and all animal trainers need to be patient when teaching or dealing with animals that do not respond to commands.

Problem-solving skills:  Animal trainers must have problem-solving skills when teaching an animal obedience and other behaviors.

Stamina:  Stamina is important for animal care and service workers because their work often involves kneeling, crawling, bending, and, occasionally, lifting heavy supplies, such as bags of food.

Some reported job titles of Animal Trainers:

Trainer, Dog Trainer, Horse Trainer, Guide Dog Instructor, Guide Dog Trainer, Agility Instructor, Cutting Horse Trainer, Dog and Cat Behavior Specialist, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Licensed Guide Dog Instructor

Some reported job titles of Non-farm Animal Caretakers:

Groomer, Dog Groomer, Aquarist, Kennel Attendant, Kennel Technician, Pet Groomer, Animal Care Giver (ACG), Kennel Manager, Pet Stylist, Animal Care Technician

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