Become An Animal Breeder

Animal Breeding

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.

How To become An Animal Breeder

Small and domestic animal breeders do not require any formal training, but they should familiarize themselves with the desired and standard characteristics of the breed they work with. Those wishing to breed animals in a more exotic environment such as a zoo will need to first earn a bachelor's degree in veterinary science and perhaps specialize in graduate and/or postgraduate studies in zoology. To breed agricultural animals, a 4-year degree in agricultural science should be adequate for most entry-level positions. According to O*Net Online in 2010, 36% of breeders held a high school diploma or equivalent, and 30% completed some college education, but did not hold degrees.