CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Animal Caretakers, Except Farm

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
Summary Job Description Tasks
Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks. Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
Clean, organize, and disinfect animal quarters such as pens, stables, cages, and yards, and animal equipment such as saddles and bridles.
Answer telephones and schedule appointments.
Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.
Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.
Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.
Collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake.
Perform animal grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.
Exercise animals to maintain their physical and mental health.
Order, unload, and store feed and supplies.
Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.
Clean and disinfect surgical equipment.
Discuss with clients their pets' grooming needs.
Observe and caution children petting and feeding animals in designated areas to ensure the safety of humans and animals.
Find homes for stray or unwanted animals.
Adjust controls to regulate specified temperature and humidity of animal quarters, nurseries, or exhibit areas.
Anesthetize and inoculate animals, according to instructions.
Transfer animals between enclosures to facilitate breeding, birthing, shipping, or rearrangement of exhibits.
Install, maintain, and repair animal care facility equipment such as infrared lights, feeding devices, and cages.
Train animals to perform certain tasks.
Teach obedience classes.
Sell pet food and supplies.
Saddle and shoe animals.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening 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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity 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.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering 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).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
Alternate Job Title(s)
Animal Care Giver (ACG)
Animal Care Service Worker
Animal Care Taker
Animal Care Technician
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caretaker
Animal Control Officer
Animal Daycare Provider
Animal Feeder
Animal Groomer
Animal Handler
Animal Health Technician
Animal Keeper
Animal Laboratory Helper
Animal Nursery Worker
Animal Rehabilitator
Animal Shelter Worker
Animal Sitter
Aquarium Tank Attendant
Bird Tender
Care Taker
Cat and Dog Bather
Cat, Dog, or Other Pet Groomer
Dog Barber
Dog Bather
Dog Beautician
Dog Boarder
Dog Groomer
Dog Hair Clipper
Dog Pound Attendant
Dog Sitter
Dog or Animal Sitter
Horse Exerciser
Horse Groomer
Horse Rider
Horse Shoer
Hot Walker
Kennel Aide
Kennel Assistant
Kennel Attendant
Kennel Helper
Kennel Keeper
Kennel Manager
Kennel Operator
Kennel Supervisor
Kennel Technician
Kennel Worker
Lead Pony Rider
Mice Raiser
Monkey Keeper
Pet Adoption Counselor
Pet Care Worker
Pet Caretaker
Pet Feeder
Pet Groomer
Pet Sitter
Pet Stylist
Pound Attendant
Pound Keeper
Reptile Keeper
Stable Attendant
Stable Cleaner
Stable Hand
Stable Helper
Stock Feeder
Veterinary Technician
Wild Animal Caretaker
Wildlife Rehabilitator
Zoo Caretaker
Zoo Keeper
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Animal Caretakers, Except Farm
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