Animal Breeders

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Stallion Manager
  • Reptile Farmer
  • Rat Culturist
  • Rabbit Fancier
  • Poultry Inseminator
  • Poultry Husbandry Worker
  • Poultry Husbandman
  • Poultry Breeder
  • Pigeon Fancier
  • Livestock Rancher

What They Do

  • Perform procedures such as animal dehorning or castration.
  • Brand, tattoo, or tag animals to allow animal identification.
  • Examine semen microscopically to assess and record density and motility of gametes, and dilute semen with prescribed diluents, according to formulas.
  • Adjust controls to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety.
  • Inject prepared animal semen into female animals for breeding purposes, by inserting nozzle of syringe into vagina and depressing syringe plunger.
  • Measure specified amounts of semen into calibrated syringes, and insert syringes into inseminating guns.
  • Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants.
  • Maintain logs of semen specimens used and animals bred.
  • Prepare containers of semen for freezing and storage or shipment, placing them in dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
  • Package and label semen to be used for artificial insemination, recording information such as the date, source, quality, and concentration.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $56,840 with most people making between $28,350 and $73,780

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in Washington. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.