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Feed and water horses according to schedules and feeding instructions. Clean, organize, and disinfect stables and equipment. Examine and observe horses to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury. Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities. Provide treatment to sick or injured horses, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment. Collect and record animal information such as weight, size, physical condition, treatments received, medications given, and food intake. Perform horse grooming duties such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears. Exercise animals to maintain their physical and mental health. Order, unload, and store feed and supplies.

Certification Requirements:

An occupational license is required. Applicants must have good character and respect for the integrity of all participants. Every application is reviewed, updated and carefully processed by the Licensing unit before a license is issued.

Recertification Requirements:

Fingerprinting is required of each applicant. Where it is found that his/her participation in racing would be inconsistent with the public interest or the best interest of racing generally, a thorough investigation is conducted before unfavorable action is taken in the form of a denial, suspension or revocation of his/her license.

Licenses Issued:

In 2018, there were 5,357 issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Gaming Commission
PO Box 7500
Schenectady, New York 12301-7500
Phone: (518) 388-3300

Standard Occupational Classification:

39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 1/9/19.

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