Top 6 Jobs for Animal Lovers
Loving animals doesn’t mean just love your own pet. It means really loving every animal out there from cows, horses, lions, zebras, cats, dogs, birds, fish…really everything. Some people dedicate their lives to them in order to help them and keep them safe and sane. Becoming a vet is not the only profession if you are an animal lover. There are so many professions where you can show your love and dedication to them and here are some Jobs for Animal Lovers.
#1. A veterinarian
This is probably the first career with animals that people think about when thinking of a career working with animals. In most countries in the world, you must complete 4 years of college before you can start working as a veterinarian. But before you can call yourself an animal doctor you have to have at least a year of internships before going into practice as an independent veterinarian of either small or large animals. Once you start working you will be training for animal surgery, animal medicine, pathology, exotic etc. But, if you are really a true animal lover and you truly love to help them (they can be the most complicated patients since they don’t speak and you’ll have to discover by yourself what seems to be the problem) you wouldn’t mind going through all of that.
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#2. Veterinary Technician
Many vet assistants learn the trade with on the job training or through volunteer work, but they often go to colleges that offer certificate programs for veterinary technology. There they will learn the instruments needed for surgeries and check-ups, as well as basic care for animals. Veterinarian Technicians are crucial to the workplace because they aid the lead doctor in procedures and surgeries. They are pretty much the vet’s right hand.
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#3. Animal trainer
Sounds interesting, right? No, these people don’t have to work in the circus in order to be animal trainers. They can be dog trainers, service animal trainers, or performing animal trainers. Teaching an animal to follow instructions is an occupation that requires enormous patience. It also takes a special understanding of the way animals function. Learning to be an animal trainer is usually apprentice-type education, and one with potentially outstanding financial rewards. If you would like to hire a reputable horse trainer of show horses you will have to pay between $500-1000 per month per horse. Usually these trainers work with a few animals, which means that they are making pretty good money while doing what they love.
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#4. Pet Groomer
Yeah, well this might not be the easiest thing, since most pets really hate taking a bath. That’s why their owners would rather hire someone else to do that for them. Some people call these people animal beauticians. But don’t mock them, because pet groomers often make more than human beauticians, especially when they work with show dogs or horses. Of course there are schools where you can be taught everything about pet grooming. Those big pet stores have their own grooming academies, and offer private groomers services as well apprenticeship programs for grooming assistants.
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#5. Pet Walkers
You may see people walking five or more dogs around them. These people are the famous pet walkers who are doing this job for money of course, walking people’s pet for them. Some people love their pets but don’t have the time to take them for daily walks or runs. The worst thing to do to your dog is to let it stay the entire day at home alone while they are away at work or on vacation. If you ever consider working this job, you should know that there is no official training. You just have to love dogs, walking and to have a lot of patience while doing this.
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People who do this can start with on the job training from the ground (keepers) up. Vets, groomers, technicians, animal science majors all have opportunities to work in zoos and wildlife preserves. This training is great because it gives you exposure to animals you would never see in the city, and builds your confidence and skills very quickly. Plus, you will be surrounded with many different species all day long.
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