Profession dog breeder

Dog breeders oversee the production and day-to-day care of dogs. They maintain the health and welfare of dogs.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Animal welfare legislation

    The legal boundaries, codes of professional conduct, national and EU regulatory frameworks and legal procedures of working with animals and living organisms, ensuring their welfare and health.

  • Animal nutrition

    Aspects of how different animal species are fed and provided water. Different types of animal food, the quality criteria for animal food and methods to feed and give water to animals.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Signs of animal illness

    Physical, behavioural and environmental signs of health and ill health in various animals.

Skills

  • Provide nutrition to animals

    Provide food and water to animals. This includes preparing food and water for animals and reporting any changes in the animal feeding or drinking habits.'

  • Operate farm equipment

    Supervise the smooth running of farm equipment which can include high pressure cleaning equipment, heating or air conditioning and monitor the temperature of premises. Make sure tractors and other vehicles are running smoothly. Interpret instructions given by computer programs and report simple operations.

  • Monitor the welfare of animals

    Monitor animals’ physical condition and behaviour and report any concerns or unexpected changes, including signs of health or ill-health, appearance, condition of the animals' accommodation, intake of food and water and environmental conditions.

  • Dispose of dead animals

    Gracefully dispose of dead animals who are not considered a source of meat. Bury or cremate the animal based on the wishes of the owners or on other criteria.

  • Create animal records

    Create animal records according to industry relevant information and using appropriate record keeping systems.

  • Administer treatment to animals

    Administer animal medical interventions, including the treatments performed, medicines used, and assessments of the state of health.'

  • Care for juvenile animals

    Assess the needs of the offspring and juvenile animals. Take appropriate action without delay in case of problems with the health of the offspring or juvenile.

  • Administer specific drugs to facilitate breeding

    Administer specific drugs for synchronisation of breeding cycles to animals in accordance with veterinary and owner instructions. This includes the safe use and storage of drugs and equipment and record keeping.

  • Control animal movement

    Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.

  • Maintain animal accommodation

    Make sure animal enclosures such as habitats, terrariums, cages or kennels are in the appropriate and hygienic condition. Clean the enclosure and provide new bedding material if called for.

  • Maintain professional records

    Produce and maintain records of work performed.

  • Manage animal hygiene

    Plan and use appropriate hygiene measures to prevent transmission of diseases and ensure an effective overall hygiene. Maintain and follow hygiene procedures and regulations when working with animals, communicate site hygiene controls and protocols to others. Manage the safe disposal of waste according to destination and local regulations.

  • Assist animal birth

    Assist in animal births, and care for newborn livestock.

  • Assist in transportation of animals

    Assist with the transportation of animals, including the loading and unloading of animals, the preparation of the transport vehicle, and maintaining the wellbeing of the animal throughout the transport process.

  • Manage animal biosecurity

    Plan and use appropriate biosafety measures to prevent transmission of diseases and ensure effective overall biosecurity. Maintain and follow biosecurity procedures and infection control when working with animals, including recognising potential health issues and taking appropriate action, communicating site hygiene control measures and biosecurity procedures, as well as reporting to others.

  • Provide first aid to animals

    Administer emergency treatment to prevent deterioration of the condition, suffering and pain until veterinary assistance can be sought. Basic emergency treatment needs to be done by non-veterinarians prior to first-aid provided by a veterinarian. Non-veterinarians providing emergency treatment are expected to seek treatment by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Manage dog breeding

    Manage a suitable environment for dog breeding. Select and prepare the appropriate habitats for specific kinds of dogs. Monitor the dog's growth and health and ensure correct feeding. Identify when the dogs are ready for trade, training or other purposes.

Optional knowledge and skills

advise on animal welfare advise on animal purchase animal training assess animal's condition animal behaviour computerised feeding systems maintain welfare of animals during transportation promote animal welfare assess animal behaviour advise customers on appropriate pet care train animals work with veterinarians implement exercise activities for animals animal welfare assess management of animals provide advice on pet training

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