ANIMAL CARETAKER

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work 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.

OTHER JOB TITLES

Animal Care Giver (ACG), Aquarist, Dog Bather, Dog Groomer, Groomer, Kennel Attendant, Kennel Technician (Kennel Tech), Pet Groomer, Pet Stylist, Zookeeper

JOB TASKS

  • Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.

  • Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.

  • Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.

  • Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.

  • Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment, such as saddles and bridles.

ANNUAL SALARY

  • Workers on average earn $12.54/hr. – $26,080
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029) Much Faster than Average (8% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2019-2029) 54,900

REQUIRED EDUCATION

High school diploma/GED, Associate Degree or Higher

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