Nonfarm Animal Caretakers


Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, 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.
Also called: Aquarist, Dog Groomer, Groomer, Kennel Technician (Kennel Tech)

Knowledge:

    Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
    Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality:

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

Technology:

    Data base user interface and query software
  • CEEJS The Pet Groomer's Secretary
  • Microsoft Access
    Calendar and scheduling software
  • Appointment-Plus
  • Groom Pro
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    associate's degree
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