What is a Career with Animals?
Careers with animals encompass a large range of options, from working in kennels and vet offices to farming and ranching. Becoming a veterinarian is one of many avenues for the scientifically inclined. If you're science-oriented, you might also work with animals in research to find cures for diseases and to develop new medicines for the animals themselves, or for humans.
Not just science But that's not all. If you're interested in business or management, jobs from farming to grooming to pet daycare operations require those skills. (Particularly if you open your own business and have people working under you, accurate financial records, reporting of earnings and record-keeping in general are essential. In some industries, you will be required to go through inspections of your facilities and business operations.)
Many animal-related careers presume a certain degree of environmental and social awareness. If you have a strong sense of global responsibility, you may be motivated to take on challenges facing animals in local communities or throughout the world through an organization like the ASPCA, a group that is dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals through education and adoptions of animals.
All for the love of animals Whatever the career, people who work with animals are usually drawn to the field through a natural sense of bonding with animals that developed at an early age. For that reason, careers with animals can offer a sense of fulfillment that other jobs often don't.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Liz Stewart has been working in the animal field for over 21 years. She obtained her B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Science from Rutgers University and became the first credentialed technician in New Jersey to become certified in Emergency and Critical Care by AVECCT (Academy of Veterinary and Critical Care Technicians.) Liz has written for Veterinary Technician magazine and has lectured at national Veterinary Critical Care Society (VECCS) conferences. She currently manages over 70 employees in the ECC & In-Patient Care Services at the Oradell Animal Hospital in New Jersey.
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