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Animal Attendant and Trainer

Animal Attendants and Trainers train, feed, groom and care for animals.

Overview

Animal Attendants and Trainers train, feed, groom and care for animals.

Day-to-day

  • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
  • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
  • training animals to perform in competitions
  • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
  • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
  • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
  • dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests.

Considerations

  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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$986 / week
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Strong
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