Animal Caretaker

Paige Atagi

Daily Activities

Animal caretakers give care to animals at shelters, zoos, kennels, pet shops, stables, aquariums, and research labs.

Working Conditions

  • Have a medium to high level of social interaction with owners and other workers.
  • Sometimes work outdoors when exercising, training, or showing animals. Animal groomers may work outside to wash animals.
  • Must be exact and accurate with animal diets, controlled temperatures and humidity, and other features of animal care. Errors can be harmful.
  • May work full time or part time.

Yearly Wages

Earn $18,870 per year


Complete short-term, on-the-job training

5 important skills/ abilities

  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Listen to others and ask questions.
  • Understand spoken information.
  • Read and understand work-related materials.
  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

Recommended core classes and electives

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Science
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Food and Nutrition

So you want to be a Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker
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