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.
- 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.