Animal caretakers 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, racehorses, and ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. They work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. They keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged and clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks.
Animal caretakers love animals and take care of them.
There is no formal education required to apply for an animal caretaker job in India, although a high school diploma may be needed for an entry-level laboratory caretaker career. Most pet groomers learn by completing an informal on-the-job apprenticeship. Few colleges and vocational schools offer programs in laboratory animal science, needed for supervisory or managerial positions.
Jobs for animal caretakers are found in kennels, stables, shelters, veterinary clinics, zoos and circuses. To be eligible for an animal caretaker salary, one needs to perform tasks like walking, lifting, carrying, and stooping. Caretakers must have the patience to endure inevitable bites and scratches from animals. They need some strength to sometimes carry heavy animals and should be able to stand animal odours. Witnessing abused animals or having to put to death old or sick animals can be emotionally stressful. Most people in the profession love animals and receive great satisfaction from helping and working with them.
To be successful in the role of an animal caretaker, good working knowledge of the care needs of the creatures you are working with is required.
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