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 Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Feeds and waters animals, and cleans and disinfects pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
- Observes animals in heat to detect approach of estrus and exercises animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
- Treats minor injuries and ailments and contacts veterinarians to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.
- Purchases and stocks supplies of feed and medicines.
- Selects animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics.
- Examines animals to detect symptoms of illness or injury.
- Builds hutches, pens, and fenced yards.
- Records animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets.
- Brands, tattoos, or tags animals to allow animal identification.
- Arranges for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants.
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