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Animal Breeders - 45-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Animal Technician
  • Artificial Insemination Technician (AI Technician)
  • Artificial Inseminator
  • Breeder
  • Dog Breeder
  • Large Herd Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
45-2000 Agricultural Workers
45-2020 Animal Breeders
45-2021.00 Animal Breeders

Related Occupations


  • Adjust controls to maintain specific building temperatures required for animals' health and safety.
  • Arrange for sale of animals and eggs to hospitals, research centers, pet shops, and food processing plants.
  • Attach rubber collecting sheaths to genitals of tethered bull and stimulate animal's organ to induce ejaculation.
  • Bathe and groom animals.
  • Brand, tattoo, or tag animals to allow animal identification.
  • Build hutches, pens, and fenced yards.
  • Clip or shear hair on animals.
  • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illness or injury.
  • Examine semen microscopically to assess and record density and motility of gametes, and dilute semen with prescribed diluents, according to formulas.
  • Exercise animals to keep them in healthy condition.
  • Exhibit animals at shows.
  • Feed and water animals, and clean and disinfect pens, cages, yards, and hutches.
  • Inject prepared animal semen into female animals for breeding purposes, by inserting nozzle of syringe into vagina and depressing syringe plunger.
  • Maintain logs of semen specimens used and animals bred.
  • Measure specified amounts of semen into calibrated syringes, and insert syringes into inseminating guns.
  • Observe animals in heat to detect approach of estrus and exercise animals to induce or hasten estrus, if necessary.
  • Package and label semen to be used for artificial insemination, recording information such as the date, source, quality, and concentration.
  • Perform procedures such as animal dehorning or castration.
  • Place vaccines in drinking water, inject vaccines, or dust air with vaccine powder to protect animals from diseases.
  • Prepare containers of semen for freezing and storage or shipment, placing them in dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
  • Purchase and stock supplies of feed and medicines.
  • 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.
  • Treat minor injuries and ailments and contact veterinarians to obtain treatment for animals with serious illnesses or injuries.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust building climate control systems.
  • Build agricultural structures.
  • Care for animals.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
  • Examine animals to detect illness, injury or other problems.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Monitor animal behavior or condition.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Package agricultural products for shipment or further processing.
  • Perform animal breeding procedures.
  • Prepare materials or solutions for animal or plant use.
  • Promote agricultural or hunting activities.
  • Provide care for animals.
  • Purchase products or services.
  • Record agricultural or forestry inventory data.
  • Remove skin or other body parts from animals.
  • Sell agricultural products.
  • Treat animal injuries or illnesses.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Animal Care Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Animal Breeder
  • Canary Breeder
  • Fur Farmer
  • Hog-Confinement-System Manager
  • Livestock Rancher
  • Poultry Breeder
  • Reptile Farmer