Workers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Prepare food and feed animals, fish or birds at scheduled intervals
B. Clean and disinfect cages, pens and surrounding areas
C. Shampoo, clip and groom animals
D. Assist veterinarians and animal health technologists and technicians to inoculate and treat animals
E. Assist animal breeders to handle and nurture animals
F. Assist scientists and researchers in conducting laboratory tests with animals
G. Monitor and document animal behaviour
1. Other services (except public administration) - 56.0%
2. Other professional scientific and technical services - 11.0%
3. Arts entertainment and recreation - 10.0%
4. Retail trade - 8.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Depending on the type of work performed, training courses in animal handling, grooming or dog training are usually required. Animal health or veterinary assistant college courses may be required for animal care workers.
3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Pet Groomers and Animal Care Workers is $10.16/HR, which is below average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.