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Career and Education Opportunities for Animal Breeders

In general, animal breeders breed animals, including cattle, or pet birds. They also select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Animal Breeder career.


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Animal Breeder video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Animal breeders treat minor injuries and ailments, and contact veterinarians so as to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries. They also observe animals in heat in order to uncover approach of estrus, and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if needed. Equally important, animal breeders have to examine animals in order to uncover symptoms of illness or injury. They are often called upon to feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages and hutches. They are expected to decide on animals to be bred, and semen specimens to be used, in line with knowledge of animals and desired offspring characteristics. Finally, animal breeders place vaccines in drinking water or dust air with vaccine powder, so as to protect animals from diseases.

Every day, animal breeders are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they prioritize information for further consideration.