A foaling attendant is generally a seasonal and temporary job which can be found in almost every size of breeding facility. They generally answer to a breeding manager who oversees large facilities, but can also work closely with broodmare managers.
This is a position which benefits from a firm knowledge of the equine animal & the birthing process, working well in a teamwork environment and a preference for working at night.
The ability to remain calm and focused, solid knowledge of horse anatomy and behavior and strength of body are key requirements for a successful foaling attendant.
Mares generally foal under the cover of night and provide very little advance warning of labor. Attendants are hired to keep watch overnight for signs of impending birth. Depending on the facility and training of the attendant, they are either to notify the breeding manager or handle the birthing process themselves.
Remaining awake all night to monitor mare behavior
Notify whoever needs to be notified
In some cases handle the birthing process, in some cases assist
Could be responsible for administering night medications
Out of all of the positions found in breeding stables, this is the one perhaps least likely to require any formal education. Experience is probably the best teacher when it comes to live birth and that is what most employers will want to see.
However, depending upon the amount of responsibility given to the attendant, some facilities may require varying degrees of animal science education.
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