Animal Breeder

Last updated January 19, 2020

An Animal Breeder selects and breeds animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. The career requires knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. The Animal Breeder must have knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, inter-dependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Some of the duties required to be done by an Animal Breeder:

  • Adjust controls in order to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety
  • Record animal characteristics such as weights, growth patterns, and diets
  • Select animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, according to knowledge of animals, genealogies, traits, and desired offspring characteristics
  • Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants
  • Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards
  • Milk cows and goats
  • Perform procedures such as animal dehorning or castration
  • Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder, in order to protect animals from diseases
  • Treat minor injuries and ailments, and contact veterinarians in order to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries