Supervisors of Animal Care Workers

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Food Products and Processing Systems

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Directly supervise and coordinate activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

Common job titles of Supervisors of Animal Care Workers include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 32.5% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 24.48% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Monitor animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.

    Assign tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.

    Inspect buildings, fences, fields or ranges, supplies, and equipment to determine work to be performed.

    Observe animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.

    Perform the same animal care duties as subordinates.

    Establish work schedules and procedures.

    Transport or arrange for transport of animals, equipment, food, animal feed, and other supplies to and from work sites.

    Inseminate livestock artificially to produce desired offspring.

    Operate euthanasia equipment to destroy animals.

    Direct and assist workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.

    Confer with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.

    Prepare reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.

    Recruit, hire, and pay workers.

    Study feed, weight, health, genetic, or milk production records to determine feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules.

    Treat animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.

    Plan budgets and arrange for purchase of animals, feed, or supplies.

    Train workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.

    Monitor eggs and adjust incubator thermometers and gauges to facilitate hatching progress and to maintain specified conditions.

    Investigate complaints of animal neglect or cruelty, and follow up on complaints appearing to require prosecution.


Veterinary intravenous IV sets

Tail dockers


Shearing equipment

Poultry incubators

Post hole diggers

Personal computers

All Tools


Nail trimmers

Multipurpose tractors

Milking equipment

Milk separators

Long handle shovels

Light pickup trucks

Horse saddles

Horse bridles

Hoof trimmers

Handheld spray guns

Grain trucks


Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles

Feed wagons

Feed conveyors

Electronic animal scales

Egg washing machines

Egg grading machines

Egg candlers

Ear tagging equipment

Dust and particulate respirators

Digging spades

Desktop computers



Cordless drills

Clipping equipment

Claw hammers

Castration equipment

Blood drawing syringes

Balling guns

Automatic watering devices

Automated feed batch mixers

Artificial insemination syringes

Animal vaccination syringes

Animal trailers

Animal injection syringes


Midwest MicroSystems Cow Sense

Cattlesoft CattleMax

Employee scheduling software

Lion Edge Technologies Ranch Manager

Valley Agricultural Software DairyCOMP 305

Valley Agricultural Software Feed Watch


Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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