2017 Animal Care and Service Workers
Median Pay: US$21,260
Entry Level: High school diploma or equivalent
Summary
Animal care and service workers provide care for animals. They feed, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.
Duties

Animal care and service workers typically do the following:

  • Give food and water to animals
  • Clean equipment and the living spaces of animals
  • Monitor animals and record details of 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 behave in a specific manner

Animal care and service workers train, feed, groom, and exercise animals. They also clean, disinfect, and repair animal cages. They play with the animals, provide companionship, and observe behavioral changes that could indicate illness or injury.

Boarding kennels, pet stores, animal shelters, rescue leagues, veterinary hospitals and clinics, stables, aquariums and natural aquatic habitats, zoological parks, and many laboratories house animals and employ animal care and service workers.

Nonfarm animal caretakers typically work with cats and dogs in animal shelters or rescue leagues. All caretakers attend to the basic needs of animals, but experienced caretakers may have more responsibilities, such as helping to vaccinate or euthanize animals under the direction of a veterinarian. Caretakers also may have administrative duties, such as keeping records, answering questions from the public, educating visitors about pet health, and screening people who want to adopt an animal.

Animal trainers train animals for obedience, performance, riding, security, or assisting people with disabilities. They familiarize animals with human voices and contact, and they teach animals to respond to commands. Most animal trainers work with dogs and horses, but some work with marine mammals, such as dolphins. Trainers teach a variety of skills. For example, some may train dogs to guide people with disabilities; others teach animals to cooperate with veterinarians or train animals for a competition or show.

Groomers specialize in maintaining a pet's appearance. Kennels, veterinary clinics, or pet supply stores employ groomers, where they groom mostly dogs, but some cats, too. In addition to cutting, trimming, and styling pets' fur, groomers clip nails, clean ears, and bathe pets. Groomers also schedule appointments, sell products to pet owners, and identify problems that may require veterinary attention.

Groomers may operate their own business, work in a grooming salon, or run their own mobile grooming service that travels to clients' homes. Demand for mobile grooming services is growing because these services are convenient for pet owners, allowing the pet to stay in its familiar environment.

Grooms care for horses. Grooms work at stables and are responsible for feeding, grooming, and exercising horses. They saddle and unsaddle horses, give them rubdowns, and cool them off after a ride. In addition, grooms clean stalls, polish saddles, and organize the tack room where they keep harnesses, saddles, and bridles. They also take care of food and supplies for the horses. Experienced grooms sometimes help train horses.

Keepers care for animals in zoos. They plan diets, feed, and monitor the eating patterns of animals. They also clean the animals' enclosures, monitor their behavior, and watch for signs of illness or injury. Depending on the size of the zoo, they may work with one species or multiple species of animals. Keepers may help raise young animals, and they often spend time answering questions from the public.

Kennel attendants care for pets while their owners are working or traveling. Basic attendant duties include cleaning cages and dog runs, and feeding, exercising, and playing with animals. Experienced attendants also may provide basic healthcare, bathe animals, and attend to other basic grooming needs.

Pet sitters look after animals while their owner is away. Most pet sitters feed, walk, and play with pets daily. They go to the pet owner's home, allowing the pet to stay in its familiar surroundings and follow its routine. More experienced pet sitters also may bathe, groom, or train pets. Pet sitters typically watch over dogs, but some also take care of cats and other pets.

Veterinary Technician - Specialties Float

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.Minimum/Required QualificationsGraduate of Veterinary Technician or equivalent program/training, certified or certification eligible as MVMA/MAVT technician.Preferred Qualifications/Selection Criteria: Problem solving skills,...
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UMN
Minneapolis, MN

Veterinary Technician - Large Animal Float

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
All required qualifications must be documented on application materialsMinimum/Required Qualifications:Graduate of Veterinary Technician or equivalent program/training, certified or certification eligible as MVMA/MAVT technician.Preferred Qualifications/Selection Criteria:Problem solving skills,...
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UMN
Minneapolis, MN

Lead Animal Keeper

Type: Part Time
Lindsay Wildlife Experience seeks a self-motivated, flexible and responsible individual capable of guiding the daily operations of the Animal Encounters Department. This position requires an experienced professional, possessing a wide variety of animal husbandry, training and presentation...
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DVM Intern

Type: Internship
Job DescriptionUnder policy direction of the Medical Director with support of the Intern Directors provides professional medical, nutritional, dental and surgical diagnostics andtreatment of companion animals.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Professional mannerism and appearance.Good interpersonal...
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Aquarist II- PartTime

Type: Part Time
General Summary: The Aquarist II is an entry level keeper position with a focus in one animal care area with the ability to competently serve as coverage to at least one other gallery. The Aquarist II reports to the Assistant Curator and communicates effectively with the veterinary staff, members...
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Veterinary Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
QualificationsAll required qualifications must be documented on application materialsMinimum/Required Qualifications:Graduate of Veterinary Technician or equivalent program, certified or certification eligible as a MVMA/MAVT technician.Preferred Qualifications/Selection Criteria:Problem solving...
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Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

Apprentice GDMI - Deaf/Blind

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for Deaf/Blind is responsible for training dogs to be qualified Leader Dog guides and instructing qualified persons, who are both legally blind and deaf, to travel effectively with those dogs. The Apprentice GDMI is expected to provide basic instruction...
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Apprentice GDMI

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor is responsible for training dogs to be qualified Leader Dog guides and instructing qualified persons who are legally blind to travel effectively with those dogs. The Apprentice GDMI is expected to provide basic instruction in the use of alternative...
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Apprentice GDMI

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Apprentice Guide Dog Mobility Instructor is responsible for training dogs to be qualified Leader Dog guides and instructing qualified persons who are legally blind to travel effectively with those dogs. The Apprentice GDMI is expected to provide basic instruction in the use of alternative...
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