Students Persuade Career Profile Livestock Groomer & Technician Food badges: Health, Safety and Environment Holland Code: Build Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France 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. Swipe Potential Salary Range $28,000 - 50,000 Annually Which provinces would this job be in? AB Alberta BC British Columbia NB New Brunswick NL Newfoundland & Labrador NS Nova Scotia ON Ontario 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 100all 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. Swipe The Best Things About This Job Are… Working with Animals Helps Others Work Changes Daily Opportunity to Travel Working in a Small Business Similar Careers Veterinarian Aquaculture Technologist Helpful Links AgCareers.com - Career Profile - Farrier Animal Breeders & Technicians YouTube - Career Connections: Sheep Shearer YouTube - Hoof Trimmer snapAG- Animal Welfare or Rights snapAG- Farm Animals snapAG- Vaccines Career Glossary Groom References Animal Technician Salary in Canada. (2020). Hoof Trimmer. (2019). What is a Ferrier. (2020). Disclaimer All career information has been gathered from a variety of sources and compiled to provide a general idea as to what each career could entail. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is committed to doing our best to ensure the information is current and reliable. However, we will not be liable for the accuracy of the information. Please contact us if you notice errors or would like to provide feedback.