Agriculture, Food and  Natural Resources


Animal Caretaker

Skills You Need First slide

Basic Skills

The following skills are important for this career:

These skills are necessary but not as important:

A person in this career: Fourth Slide

  • 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.

Education Level

Education training and experience are required at different levels for success in different occupations.

High school preferred, plus short term, on-the-job training:Second slide

On-the-job training is the most common way animal caretakers and service workers learn their work; however, employers generally prefer to hire people who have experience with animals. Some preparatory programs are available for specific types of caretakers, such as groomers. Most pet groomers learn their trade by completing an informal apprenticeship, usually lasting 6 to 10 weeks, under the guidance of an experienced groomer. Animal caretakers in animal shelters are not required to have any specialized training, but training programs and workshops are available through the Humane Society of the United States, the American Humane Association, and the National Animal Control Association. Beginning animal caretakers in kennels learn on the job and usually start by cleaning cages and feeding and watering animals.

Money interest  

Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area$23,760 or $11.42/hr$16,470 or $7.92/hr$34,650 or $16.66/hr

Pathwyas Third slide

Plant systems

Animal systems

Natural resources systems