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Dog Trainer Persons with a background in animal behavior may find work as a dog trainer (Figure 24). The trainer may own and oper- ate a dog obedience school, or may be employed as a trainer in a larger dog-training facility. Some veterinary practices have dog trainers on staff. These trainers have regular dog obedience classes available for clients and the general public. Most dog trainers have had years of experience training their own dogs and working with other animal trainers. A few facilities certify dog trainers. The trainer should attend semi- nars and additional training programs offered by local, state, and national kennel clubs and dog breed associations. 46
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Introduction to Animal Care 47 Animal Control Officer (ACO) An animal control officer (ACO) works for the state or county agencies responsible for stray animal control and the enforce- ment of animal license and leash laws. The ACO patrols a community and picks up stray and abandoned animals. The animal control officer may also be required to investigate charges of animal abuse or cruelty. Training programs for ani- mal control officers usually take from a few weeks to a few months to complete. These programs are offered by humane societies and at some state-supported colleges. Animal Shelter Aide Animal shelter aides care for stray and abandoned animals at animal shelters and humane societies. They keep the cages and animals clean and provide daily feeding. The animal shelter aide may give first aid to injured animals and may be required to perform euthanasia on sick, injured, or unwanted animals. Euthanasia is most commonly done with an injection that causes a painless death. There are specific legal and moral issues associated with euthanasia. Some states require certification for animal shelter aides that euthanize animals. An animal shelter aide may also provide adoption information to the public and assist the new owners in choosing a pet. FIGURE 24—A dog may be trained to be obedient to its owner, or to per- form tricks for dog shows.
Introduction to Animal Care 48 Zoo Animal Caretaker Zoo animal caretakers are responsible for daily feeding and observation of captive wild animals. They’re also involved in cleaning the animal’s enclosure. Some caretakers develop and present educational programs for the public. Most zoo animal caretakers have four-year college degrees in zoology or biology. The zoo animal caretaker, or zookeeper, often works with only one or two species. The caretaker must have detailed knowledge of the nutritional and environmental needs for the species he or she works with. Many species of zoo animals are very sensitive to alterations in diet or living conditions. Zoo animals often don’t show obvious signs of disease. The zookeeper must be alert for the slightest indica- tions of illness or stress in the animals.

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