Animal care specialists take care of the wellbeing of animals at veterinarian offices, shelters, laboratories that use animal testing, kennels, or any other place where many animals are kept. Animal care specialists take care of basic duties such as feeding animals, grooming them, and making sure that their living spaces are clean. If they are working with a veterinarian, they can perform basic medical tasks like giving medication and assisting during surgery. They take care of administrative duties like maintaining patient logs and interact with customers at a vet's office or animal shelter.
While some animal care specialists have a bachelor's degree in animal science or a related field, many are able to succeed with only a high school diploma. Some previous experience working with animals, even as a volunteer, is also helpful.
Animal care specialists earn an average salary of $31,670 a year, but most are not in this field for the money. They do their job because they love animals.