Provide for the comfort, health, and well-being of animals.
What does an Animal Caretaker do?
As an animal caretaker, you improve the well-being of animals in a variety of settings, including pet stores, zoos, aquariums, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and boarding kennels.
Your responsibilities include providing food, water, clean living areas, and exercise to animals while monitoring them for signs of injury or illness. You are expected to clean, disinfect, and repair animal cages. Playing with the animals, providing companionship, and observing behavioral changes are also an important part of your job.
Working as an animal caretaker involves bathing the animals under your care, trimming their nails, clipping fur, and attending to other grooming needs. You also train animals to listen to you and obey your commands.
In most cases, there are no formal education requirements to become an animal caretaker; however, some animal care facilities require at least a high school diploma. A love of animals and the ability to care for them is usually enough to land the job, although some employers prefer candidates who have worked with animals before.