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ANIMAL CARE & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Get Experience Working With As Many Animals As Possible

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Savannah describes her job caring for all the sheep, alpacas, chickens, ducks, and goats (in the background!) at Sienna Ranch. Her degree in Animal Science and internships were great preparation, and she's about to start veterinary school.

Degree: Animal Sciences
Job Title: Animal Care & Education Coordinator
Employer: Sienna Ranch

Job Summary: Animal Care and Service Workers

Job Description

Animal care and service workers care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Although not required, certifications available in many of these occupations may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For many caretaker positions, it helps to have experience working with animals.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Patience, People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands

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m='14730'>also</span> <span m='15390'>going</span> <span m='15610'>to</span> <span m='15660'>be</span> <span m='15830'>giving</span> <span m='16129'>medications</span> <span m='16529'>to</span> <span m='16930'>any</span> <span m='17200'>animals</span> <span m='17490'>that</span> <span m='17640'>need</span> <span m='17870'>them.</span> <span m='18700'>And</span> <span m='19630'>we're</span> <span m='19740'>going</span> <span m='19860'>to</span> <span m='19910'>be</span> <span m='19970'>doing</span> <span m='20430'>vaccines</span> <span m='21590'>and</span> <span m='21870'>any</span> <span m='22120'>sort</span> <span m='22380'>of</span> <span m='22500'>extra</span> <span m='22840'>care.</span> <span m='23190'>I'm going to</span> <span m='23380'>be</span> <span m='23460'>taking care</span> <span m='23790'>of</span> <span m='24740'>our</span> <span m='25000'>goats,</span> <span m='25440'>and</span> <span m='25760'>our sheep,</span> <span m='26080'>and</span> <span m='26330'>alpacas--</span> <span m='26800'>their</span> <span m='27080'>hooves</span> <span m='27400'>and their</span> <span m='27690'>nails.</span> <span m='28690'>And</span> <span m='29130'>taking</span> <span m='29440'>care of</span> <span m='29700'>the</span> <span m='29880'>chickens</span> <span m='30370'>and</span> <span m='30640'>ducks</span> <span m='31050'>and</span> <span m='31210'>bunnies</span> <span m='31520'>as well.</span> </p><p><span m='32750'>I</span> <span m='32890'>got</span> <span m='33120'>this</span> <span m='33310'>job</span> <span m='33600'>because</span> <span m='34250'>I've</span> <span m='34540'>been</span> <span m='35020'>working</span> <span m='35490'>in</span> <span m='35610'>different</span> <span m='35970'>animal</span> <span m='36320'>internships.</span> <span m='37120'>I've</span> <span m='37460'>worked at the</span> <span m='37780'>Lindsay</span> <span m='38050'>Wildlife</span> <span m='38340'>Hospital</span> <span m='40090'>doing</span> <span m='40370'>an internship</span> <span m='40870'>over</span> <span m='41180'>there.</span> <span m='41530'>I've also worked</span> <span m='41910'>at</span> <span m='42040'>the Oakland</span> <span m='42480'>Zoo.</span> <span m='44270'>And</span> <span m='44600'>I</span> <span m='44750'>have</span> <span m='44940'>my</span> <span m='45070'>undergrad</span> <span m='46020'>in</span> <span m='46510'>animal</span> <span m='46790'>science</span> <span m='47150'>at</span> <span m='47510'>UC</span> <span m='47740'>Davis.</span> <span m='48620'>So I've</span> <span m='48810'>known</span> <span m='48960'>I</span> <span m='49130'>wanted</span> <span m='49480'>to</span> <span m='49550'>work</span> <span m='49750'>with</span> <span m='49890'>animals</span> <span m='50220'>for</span> <span m='50330'>a</span> <span m='50380'>really</span> <span m='50610'>long</span> <span m='50830'>time</span> <span m='51280'>and</span> <span m='51870'>this</span> <span m='52110'>job</span> <span m='52520'>was</span> 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