The Animal Breeder is responsible for the health and welfare of the animals under their care. They oversee the breeding program and ensure that only healthy animals are bred. The Animal Breeder must have a thorough knowledge of animal husbandry and be able to identify genetic disorders. They work closely with veterinarians to ensure that the animals are well-cared for and receive proper medical treatment.

Animal Breeder Job Responsibilities

  • Research animal breeding and genetics
  • Develop new methods of animal breeding
  • Select animals for breeding based on desired characteristics
  • Maintain records of animal pedigrees and offspring
  • Monitor the health of animals in the breeding program
  • Insure proper housing, nutrition, and care for animals in the breeding program
  • Oversee artificial insemination or other assisted reproductive techniques
  • Evaluate animals after birth to determine which should be retained for future breeding


  • To develop and maintain a healthy, productive breeding stock of animals.
  • To produce offspring that meet the specific goals or objectives of the breeding program.
  • To monitor the health and wellbeing of all animals in the breeding program.
  • To keep accurate records of all animals in the breeding program, including pedigrees, health records, and performance data.
  • To work closely with other members of the animal husbandry team to ensure that all animals in the breeding program receive proper care and attention.

Animal Breeder Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • There are no formal qualifications needed to become an animal breeder, although many breeders have a degree in animal science or a related field. Breeding animals requires knowledge of genetics and animal husbandry, as well as experience working with the specific type of animal being bred.