Livestock Groomer & Technician

Health, Safety and Environment

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France
Livestock Groomer & Technician

Amber Petersen

In A Nutshell

I groom animals to keep them healthy and happy. 

I use specialized tools to trim hooves, shear wool, and clip fur.

I make recommendations to livestock owners on how to keep their animals feeling and looking great.

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Potential Salary Range

$28,000 - 50,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Ontario
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island

I spend most of my time in pastures and barns. I might spend a whole day in a barn, or I might travel from place to place helping several farmers out in a day. The one guarantee is that every barn and herd are different and have their own challenges

Workplace

Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Take calls from farmers who are requesting service and discuss fees and rates
  • Drive from farm to farm with specialized equipment
  • Lead livestock to the area where they are groomed and keep them calm
  • Perform tasks like clipping fur or trimming hooves
  • Keep records of time worked and number of animals groomed
  • Follow up with farmers to get paid  

Education & Training

  • A high school diploma plus some experience working with livestock is needed for this job
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Job Outlook

    This is a very specialized job, and while livestock groomers/technicians will always be needed wherever there is livestock, there may be some competition for these roles

Related School Subjects

Science
Practical Applied Arts
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Grooming Animals Livestock

Important Skills

Physical

Livestock like horses, cows, and sheep can be strong and feisty, so being physically fit and comfortable working with large animals is very important.  

Independence

I’ll often spend a day alone in a barn with a herd of cattle or team of horses and be given the task to trim all their hooves or clip their fur. This job is good if you enjoy working alone or with the company of animals. 

Customer Service

I am providing a service to people who love their animals very much. It’s important that I show them that I care a lot too, and that they’re happy with my service and professionalism. 

Resilience

Working with animals comes with its challenges. I get kicked and scratched, but I love the job enough to get back up and do it all again the next day.

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Working with Animals
Helps Others
Helps Others
Work Changes Daily
Opportunity to Travel
Working in a Small Business