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Animal Care Technician
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Overview
What is an Animal Care Technician?

There are a variety of different types of animal caretakers, such as:

  • laboratory animal care technician
  • kennel attendant
  • zoo keeper
  • groomer
  • trainer

Each of these caretakers provides for the upkeep and wellbeing of the animals in his/her care. As a laboratory animal care technician, kennel attendant or zookeeper you will be responsible for providing animals with food, water, and a clean, disease-free environment.

In addition to ensuring that the animalsí basic needs are met, animal caretakers carefully observe them for any changes in behavior. This enables them to identify when an animal isnít acting as it normally does; such behavioral changes can indicate that the animal is ill.

Groomers and trainers are different types of animal caretakers. As a groomer, you will be responsible for maintaining the physical appearance of animals by washing them, cleaning their ears, trimming their hair/fur and nails, and sometimes styling them. By maintaining their physical appearance, youíll also help keep the animals healthy.

As an animal trainer, you may find work in a variety of settings, such as zoos, aquariums, or local animal-related businesses. If you work at a zoo or aquarium, you might train the animals to participate in veterinary procedures or visitor exhibitions. As a trainer you may also work in your community providing training for dogs as pets, hunting dogs or service dogs.

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