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Animal Breeders

Select and breed 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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
    • Observe animals in heat to detect approach of estrus and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
    • Treat minor injuries and ailments and contact veterinarians to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.
    • Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants.
    • Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder to protect animals from diseases.
    • Purchase and stock supplies of feed and medicines.
    • Bathe and groom animals.
    • Select animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics.
    • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illness or injury.
    • Exercise animals to keep them in healthy condition.
    • Adjust controls to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety.
    • Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards.
    • Record animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets.
    • Maintain logs of semen specimens used and animals bred.
    • Brand, tattoo, or tag animals to allow animal identification.
    • Inject prepared animal semen into female animals for breeding purposes, by inserting nozzle of syringe into vagina and depressing syringe plunger.
    • Prepare containers of semen for freezing and storage or shipment, placing them in dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
    • Clip or shear hair on animals.
    • Package and label semen to be used for artificial insemination, recording information such as the date, source, quality, and concentration.
    • Exhibit animals at shows.
    • Measure specified amounts of semen into calibrated syringes, and insert syringes into inseminating guns.
    • Examine semen microscopically to assess and record density and motility of gametes, and dilute semen with prescribed diluents, according to formulas.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 40770/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 19.6/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories
    • Livestock identification equipment
    • Hydrometers
    • Animal watering machines
    • Animal husbandry equipment

    Technology

    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer based training software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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