What does a First-Line Supervisor of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Worker do?

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Jobs Roles

  • Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
  • Monitor animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
  • Train workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.
  • Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
  • Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
  • Perform the same animal care duties as subordinates.
  • Prepare reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.
  • Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.
  • Study feed, weight, health, genetic, or milk production records to determine feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules.
  • Direct and assist workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.
  • Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.
  • Establish work schedules and procedures.
  • Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.
  • Plan budgets and arrange for purchase of animals, feed, or supplies.
  • Operate euthanasia equipment to destroy animals.
  • Recruit, hire, and pay workers.
  • Inseminate livestock artificially to produce desired offspring.
  • Investigate complaints of animal neglect or cruelty, and follow up on complaints appearing to require prosecution.
  • Monitor eggs and adjust incubator thermometers and gauges to facilitate hatching progress and to maintain specified conditions.
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