From milk-producing cows to prize-winning cats, it often takes more than just Mother Nature to create an animal with superior qualities. Animal breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to produce animals with specifically desired traits.
Man has been selectively raising ani ...
mals for thousands of years. But what was originally done by trial and error is now governed by precise scientific principles. Breeders learn how to select and mate the animals that will produce the best offspring.
Large animals like horses and cattle are usually bred through artificial insemination. Breeders maintain detailed records, keeping track of health, size, weight, as well as other relevant characteristics.
Much of the job requires being outdoors around animals. But breeders also spend time in laboratories and offices. Many breeders work for farmers or as independent consultants. Or they may raise animals such as dogs and cats, to sell as pets or show animals. In all cases, they need to know how to feed and care for their animals.
The job has its hazards. Some animals may bite and kick while others may accidently step on you. Although a college degree is not required, many breeders study animal science at a four-year college or university. From farm livestock to many of our favorite pets, we all benefit from the knowledge and skill of animal breeders.
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.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards.
Select animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics.
Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder, in order to protect animals from diseases.
Treat minor injuries and ailments, and contact veterinarians in order to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.
Record animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets.
Observe animals in heat in order to detect approach of estrus, and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
Examine animals in order to detect symptoms of illness or injury.
Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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