Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates activities of animal husbandry or animal care workers.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Food Products and Processing Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Observes animals for signs of illness, injury, or unusual behavior, notifying veterinarians or managers as warranted.
  • Monitors animal care, maintenance, breeding, or packing and transfer activities to ensure work is done correctly.
  • Trains workers in animal care procedures, maintenance duties, and safety precautions.
  • Treats animal illnesses or injuries, following experience or instructions of veterinarians.
  • Assigns tasks such as feeding and treatment of animals, and cleaning and maintenance of animal quarters.
  • Performs the same animal care duties as subordinates.
  • Prepares reports concerning facility activities, employees' time records, and animal treatment.
  • Confers with managers to determine production requirements, conditions of equipment and supplies, and work schedules.
  • Studies feed, weight, health, genetic, or milk production records to determine feed formulas and rations and breeding schedules.
  • Directs and assists workers in maintenance and repair of facilities.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Animal Care Supervisor --
  • Animal Caretaker Supervisor --
  • Cattle Manager --
  • Dairy Farm Operations Manager --
  • Dairy Manager --
  • Farm Manager --
  • Farm Supervisor --
  • Feed Manager --
  • Herdsman --
  • Sow Farm Manager --