Attends to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attends to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Animal Systems pathway, Plant Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Feeds and waters livestock and monitors food and water supplies.
- Drives trucks, tractors, and other equipment to distribute feed to animals.
- Examines animals to detect illness, injury, or disease, and to check physical characteristics, such as rate of weight gain.
- Provides medical treatment, such as administering medications and vaccinations, or arranges for veterinarians to provide more extensive treatment.
- Mixes feed, additives, and medicines in prescribed portions.
- Inspects, maintains, and repairs equipment, machinery, buildings, pens, yards, and fences.
- Moves equipment, poultry, or livestock from one location to another, manually or using trucks or carts.
- Cleans stalls, pens, and equipment, using disinfectant solutions, brushes, shovels, water hoses, or pumps.
- Marks livestock to identify ownership and grade, using brands, tags, paint, or tattoos.
- Herds livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures.