Pet groomers and animal care workers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 6563

Animal care workers feed, handle, train and groom animals and assist veterinarians, animal health technologists and technicians and animal breeders. Pet groomers clip coats, bathe and otherwise groom pets. Workers in this group are employed by animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, breeding and boarding kennels, zoos, laboratories, retail pet shops, dog training schools, pet grooming establishments, or may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Pet groomers and animal care workers

  • Prepare food and feed animals, fish or birds at scheduled intervals
  • Clean and disinfect cages, pens and surrounding areas
  • Shampoo, clip and groom animals
  • Assist veterinarians and animal health technologists and technicians to inoculate and treat animals
  • Assist animal breeders to handle and nurture animals
  • Assist scientists and researchers in conducting laboratory tests with animals
  • Monitor and document animal behaviour
  • Train dogs to obey commands and perform specific duties in response to signals.

Working Conditions for Pet groomers and animal care workers

Work is performed indoors, often in animal clinics or pet stores. Workers often get dirty or wet when performing duties, and must be taken to avoid injury from uncooperative animals

Alternate Job Titles

  • Animal Attendant
  • Animal Attendants Supervisor
  • Animal Care Worker (except Farm)
  • Animal Groomer (except Horses)
  • Animal Health Care Assistant
  • Animal Trainer (except Horses Or Marine Mammals)
  • Aquarist
  • Certified Dog Master
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Handler
  • Dog Master
  • Dog Master Trainer
  • Dog Trainer
  • Groom - Horse Race Track
  • Horse Hot-walker
  • Kennel Attendant
  • Kennel Keeper
  • Kennelman/woman
  • Laboratory Animal Attendant
  • Laboratory Animal Care Worker
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pet Master Groomer
  • Pet Shop Attendant
  • Pet-sitter
  • Pound Animal Attendant
  • Pound Attendant
  • Receiving Barn Custodian
  • Veterinary Attendant
  • Veterinary Helper
  • Zoo Animal Attendant
  • Zoo Attendant
  • Animal Care Worker (except Farm)
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Trainer
  • Kennel Attendant
  • Laboratory Animal Attendant
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pound Attendant
  • Veterinary Attendant
  • Zoo Attendant
  • Pet Trainer
  • Pet Sitter