Animal-Related Careers (2023)

Introduction
Are you too young/old?
My own experience

Careers with Animals

Representative Salaries
Making it work for you

Introduction
You love animals, you enjoy working with them, but you aren't sure what exactly you want to do with them...or what you can do with them.

Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can combine your interest in animals with a paying job. Not necessarily a job that will have you rolling in the green stuff, but hey! someone will be paying you to do what you love to do anyway, so there are definite benefits!

The following are some of the careers that involve working with animals. There are other careers that are not listed, but which are as part of some of these jobs. For example, a biologist may specialize in birds (ornithology), fish (ichthyology), reptiles and amphibians (herpetology), and so on.

All of these jobs require high school education. Many require additional education, anywhere from two to eight years, depending upon how far you want to go. The jobs related to the sciences, such as veterinary medicine and biology, require courses in organic chemistry, physics and calculus. These courses can often be taken at the high school level which will prepare you for the college level classes.

As each college and university's requirements may be different, and the programs you want to go into may have additional requirements, it is best to contact the universities and colleges you are interested in, and order a copy of their course catalogs. You can also contact the department (biology, veterinary medicine, etc.) within that institution to see if they have any undergraduate prerequisites

Are you too young to start thinking about this...or too old?
The answer is a resounding "No!"

If you are not yet at a level in school where you can choose course electives that will put you on the path to meeting the university undergraduate prerequisites, you can still feed your thirst for animal-related knowledge and experience by tying your interest into what ever choices you do have. Have to come up with a science fair project? A topic for a term paper or essay? A creative story? Read a certain number of books and write book reports? Use these opportunities to not only do the assignment, but make the assignment live for you by working in your animal interests.

I've had mail from middle and high school students who were researching reports on reptiles in general, in a species in particular, or in a particular function, like prey capture or hearing. I also hear from students who explore a question they've had through a science fair project, such as the effects of diet on iguanas, or color receptivity/response in frogs.

I also hear from adults who are contemplating going back to school to study biology or veterinary medicine. While the number of older students in universities is increasing, it is still a scary prospect. Especially if, like me, you were not so hot taking tests and things way back when. I found that, for myself and in talking with other older students, if you are doing it because you really want to, not because it is expected of you or because you have to, it's a lot easier than it seems. Coupled with the very real desire that motivates your return to school is the fact that you probably are more self-disciplined than you were 18

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My own experience...
In 1989 I had an opportunity to leave my very non-animal job and pursue my long-time dream of working with animals. I started with a behavioral observation course at UCLA which evolved into working as a volunteer for the L.A. Zoo Research Department doing animal behavior observations (California condor, king vulture, giant eland, ostrich, and capuchines). I had wanted to, but was unable to, get away to volunteer at the Valdez oil spill, but had vowed that I would at the next one. Well, in January 1990, I got my chance, as British Petroleum's American Trader ran up on its own anchor due to out-of-date coast guard charts. The resulting spill devastated both public beaches and protected wetlands, and gave me the odd experience of being the only person for miles on a Southern California beach as I trudged the sands for days looking for oiled sea birds.

When the volume of birds in the rescue/rehab facility grew to such an extent that they ran out of available vet tech, pre-vet and vet volunteers, and even human nurses, they opened it up to other volunteers. Because of my experience with behavior observation (and the fact that I could stay all day!), I was assigned to the hospital area, where the sickest birds were being treated. I ended up being there daily, helping to hold birds, give injections, developed and maintained charts, trained and supervised feeding and hydrating teams. One day they asked if I would work for them, and so actually hired me (heck! I woulda paid them!) and invited me to be a part of their emergency oil spill response team. Needless to say, no arm twisting was necessary. The woman who hired me, by the way, was a veterinarian - a recent one. She had decided to follow her own dream of becoming a vet, starting vet school in her late 30s, and had recently passed her state board exam.

I decided I wanted to learn more. I enrolled in the veterinary technician program at the local junior college. Even though they focused on cats and dogs, I was able to, along with special courses in wildlife rehabilitation taken elsewhere, start working at a major wildlife rehab/sanctuary facility in Los Angeles, where I got lots of experience working with even more birds, as well as a wide variety of mammals.

Along with all school, the zoo, and rehabbing, I started teaching as well. A few months after the American Trader spill work was over, I ran into one of the other team members. She has a wildlife education program that goes into schools and museums. I started working for her as an in-class instructor, working with even more types of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

All of this was rather serendipitous - one thing led to another, but what I was doing was taking advantage of the moment, and the opportunities and contacts they afforded, and ran with them into areas I had long been interested in but never thought I'd get a second chance at (my first chance went by the way side when I started, at age 19, what was supposed to be a temporary summer job, at which I ended up staying for 15 years)!

Serendipity reared its little head again, in the form of a debilitating illness, likely triggered by the work at the oil spills. Among other things, I became so severely allergic to mammals and birds, I had to quit the spills, school, the zoo, the wildlife rehab, and the wildlife education. So I slowly redirected my interests in behavior, and then captive care, towards reptiles, as I realized how poor the existing information was on them. I missed teaching, but could still write, so I started thinking about writing as a form of teaching. This, and reading another educator's animal-related master's thesis, started me thinking about going to school for my masters.

When I returned to school 17 years after getting my B.A. degree, I decided to go into Environmental Education (two-thirds education, one third environmental sciences), rather than Biology, as I did not want to have to take now, with impaired cognitive function, what I successfully managed to avoid almost two decades before when my brain was fully functioning: organic chemistry, calculus and physics. There were only three schools in California at that time that had EE programs, but only one where I could breathe the air and not have to commute for hours. As they say, however, timing is everything: the EE program was tabled due to budget cuts the year I was accepted to Sonoma State University.

That left me with Education for my master's. As I was not a credentialed teacher nor particularly wanted to be one, I was left with a single choice: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. This was not a major drawback as I wanted to expand into curriculum development, and learning about learning is just as important as learning about teaching.

So, how did I tie this in with my interests in animal behavior and ecology? Whenever possible, I wrote or created on related topics. For one of my learning and curriculum classes, I created an extended unit on evolution and adaptation. For another I wrote a unit on owls, and did an annotated bibliography on children's books on the environment and reptiles. For one research class, I did a literature review of the research on the efficacy of outdoor environmental education programs. For another research class, I did a presentation on a thesis proposal: the use of live animals in education, which included bringing in a dozen reptiles to demonstrate their effect and impact. In a seminar on child and adolescent literature, I used the class requirement to read and write about 30 books with other students as an opportunity to read books I hadn't read before, and to introduce the other students, all of whom were teachers ranging from K-12, to books on the environment and reptiles and amphibians. (I departed from my usual mode on the final project: I did an author study of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Then again, given the positively Seussian appearance of so many reptiles, perhaps this wasn't so far off the mark after all!)

My thesis is where I've been able to really go with my own interests. My thesis is that teachers do not do any better a job at selecting and keeping classroom reptiles than the general public does, because they use the same books and pet stores for their information. I did a research project (sent questionnaires to teachers with classroom reptiles), site visits (and found that most were not doing the great job they thought they were), a literature review (herpetocultural and pet reptile literature) which included a survey of my county library system's herp books, and my curriculum project: a 300 page Reptiles: A Teacher's Guide to their Selection and Care in the Classroom handbook (well, okay, a desk or lap book!).

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Animal Career Categories
These are some of the fields and jobs that involve animal experience and training.

Preventive Medicine (small animal, large animal, exotic, wildlife rehabilitation, research (private industry, university and government), military, zoo):

  • Research Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician

Care and Conservation of Wildlife:

  • Biologist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forestry/Park Ranger
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator

Pets:

  • Animal behavior
  • Outreach programs
  • Therapy and Psychology

Zoos (training varies, ranging from exotic animal caretaking to biology:

  • Director
  • Supervisor
  • Keeper
  • Habitat Specialist
  • Research

Animal Training:

  • Trainer (large, small and exotics) for work, show and entertainment industry, and obedience training
  • Volunteer (may require special training or previous work experience):
  • SPCA
  • Camps
  • 4-H
  • Field Research
  • Future Farmers
  • Humane Societies
  • Nature Centers
  • Parks
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Zoos

General areas of study and work:

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences
  • Law (Animal Welfare, Environmental)
  • Psychology
  • Science Technology
  • Veterinary Medicine

Representative Jobs/Salary Ranges
Salaries change through the years, and may be different in different geographical locations; a forester in Michigan may not make the same salary as a forester in Florida. The salaries listed include the minimum starting salary, and an average salary reflecting many years of work in the field (as of sources dated 1994 and earlier). If you are interested in more current salary data, head over to the Career Development Center at your local junior college and look through the resource materials there. (Note: these salary ranges stem from data collected in the mid 1990's. You can find updated information through the career center of your high school, junior or vocational college, or online at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.)

  • Agriculture Product Sales Representative ($1000-5800)
  • Animal Breeder ($1900-4400)
  • Animal Caretaker or Keeper ($1400-3400)
  • Animal Trainer ($minimum wage-3000)
  • Anthropologists ($1200-4200)
  • Biologists ($1500-4900)
  • Biomedical Engineer ($2200-6600)
  • Environmental Analyst/Ecologist ($2200-4300)
  • Environmental Lawyer ($1800-6000)
  • Farm and Ranch Hand ($1100-2000)
  • Fish and Wildlife Specialists ($1600-4000)
  • Foresters ($1200-5000)
  • Forestry Technician ($775-3100)
  • Guide Dog Trainer ($minimum wage-3000)
  • Marine Biologist ($3700-5000)
  • Oceanographer ($3900-5000)
  • Park Ranger ($1200-5600)
  • Secondary School Science Teacher ($1900-4000)
  • Wildlife Specialist ($1600-3100)
  • Veterinarian ($1900-8000)
  • Veterinary Pathologist ($1900-6000)

Making it work for you

So many possibilities! Unfortunately, given the education and on-the-job experience many of the above jobs require, few of us will be lucky enough to make major job changes more than a couple of times in our lives. Here are some suggestions to make the best use of the time you are in school, whether you are in middle or high school, entering college right from high school, entering college after several years of working, or returning to college for a post-graduate study.

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Identify your goals, strengths and weaknesses.

Identify your campus "help" resources to build on your strengths and work on overcoming your weaknesses. Many schools have resources for the returning student.

Build a study plan, including when and how much you'll need to study to meet your goals. If you have a family and job, this may make carving out study time more difficult, but not impossible.

Go to class regularly. Often there is more communicated in class, in lectures, formal and informal discussion, than you will find in your books. Such discussions may help clarify things that might otherwise be confusing when just reading them out of a book. Regular attendance also helps your grade!

Sit in the front row and keep your on actively on your learning goals, and those of the instructor and the course. It also helps keep you awake if you've come from work.

Take good notes, and make it easier to identify question areas. If your handwriting is lousy, consider getting a laptop or notebook computer on which to type your notes in class instead of handwriting them.

Actively develop questions about course content to clarify your understanding. (Tutoring and helping others also helps you to better understand and expand your knowledge.)

Participate in class discussions to try out your own understanding of concepts and to raise questions of importance to you. Many teachers base their grades on class participation, so this is another way to help boost your grade if you aren't able to make every class or score the grades you'd hoped on assignments.

Study with a partner, going over key points, clarifying areas of question or misunderstanding, discussing points that may come up on the exam (or in real life!).

Build a study plan for tests.

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Don't miss quizzes or tests. And don't miss class.

Hand in neat, legible assignments on time. (Not only will your teacher appreciate it, so will you when you refer back to your papers later on.)

Explore the school and community resources available to you to help in your studies and finding jobs in your area of interest.

And, finally, have fun!

Working with animals requires patience, warmth and respect for all living things. It may also entail taking classes that don't exactly thrill you, but are necessary just the same (either for the job you eventually hope to hold, or just because the school says you have to take it to graduate). Aptitude is just as important as attitude. When you are doing what you want - it isn't work!

The following drawn from a handout I found at the local junior college career center. The advice is sound, regardless of the educational and career choices you must make.

  • Identify your inner needs and what you want from a career.
  • Evaluate your skills as well as your physical and mental limitations.
  • Research beyond the image of the job.
  • Be aware of how others affect or influence you (do what you want to do; separate your ambitions from those of others).
  • Set definite goals for yourself - a plan of achievement!
  • Explore a field of interest to you - locate and read occupationally-oriented books, literature, job descriptions, professional journals, etc.
  • Talk with people in the field - conduct informational interviews (see your school career center for information on how to conduct this type of interview).
  • Look at negative as well as positive aspects of a job - can you live with them?
  • Explore more than one option - dig deeper.
  • Evaluate the career or career field that best matches your interests, abilities and personal characteristics.
  • Obtain the educational and special training as needed for the career of your choice (research and evaluate schools to make the best choice).
  • Obtain a part-time job or volunteer for work to get a feel for the field.
  • Believe in yourself! 80% of what gets you a good job is your mental attitude and how you project yourself - your self confidence.

When you select and plan for the appropriate career goal, it will enable you to bring out your best qualities. You'll have a sense of purpose! This will serve as a vehicle to bring out in yourself the things you want to bring out, and to strive towards your career goal.

Training
American Veterinary Medical Association
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Veterinary/Animal Health Technician Programs
Zoo Keeping As A Career (AAZK)
Zoo Keeping Careers
Zoo Keeper Training/Teaching Zoos: EATM (CA), SFCC (FL)

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FAQs

What job can I get if I love animals? ›

Animal care
  • Agricultural contractor. Agricultural contractors provide specialised, seasonal or temporary services to farmers.
  • Agricultural inspector. ...
  • Animal care worker. ...
  • Animal technician. ...
  • Assistance dog trainer. ...
  • Beekeeper. ...
  • Biologist. ...
  • Countryside ranger.

What are the top 3 career fields in animal science? ›

Veterinarian (private, federal or state) Product research and development for meat companies. State livestock or equine extension specialist. Research scientist for animal health or pharmaceutical companies.

Can I work with animals with no qualifications? ›

You could become anything from a Zookeeper to a Dog Groomer, Veterinary Support Assistant or a Canine Trainer. The beauty of animal careers is that so many of these roles are accessible without higher level studies, like a degree. Not needing a degree means a career change becomes a more viable option.

What should I study if I like animals? ›

College Majors For Jobs With Animals
  • Animal Science. Students going to college for animal science focus primarily on the management of livestock species such as cattle, horses, pigs, goats and sheep. ...
  • Animal Behavior. ...
  • Biology. ...
  • Dairy Science. ...
  • Equine Science. ...
  • Poultry Science. ...
  • Veterinary Technology. ...
  • Zoology.
27 Oct 2022

What are 3 examples of careers in animal training? ›

Zookeepers & Wildlife Educators
  • Dolphin trainers.
  • Exotic animal trainers.
  • Shelter workers.
  • Veterinarians.
  • Veterinary technicians.

Is animal behavior a good career? ›

Although animal behavior is a growing discipline, competition for jobs in teaching and research is very keen. An increasing number of animal behaviorists are being hired by universities to apply behavioral knowledge to the production, management, conservation, and/or care of domestic animals.

How do I start a career in animal care? ›

You could take a college course in animal care, for example:
  1. Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Working in Animal Care Industries.
  2. Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care.
  3. T Level in Animal Care and Management.
  4. Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Management.

What are 3 related careers to a veterinarian? ›

Here are some jobs that have similarities to being a veterinarian:
  • Animal control officer.
  • Veterinary technician.
  • Kennel manager.
  • Breeder.
  • Zookeeper.
  • Pet groomer.
  • Wildlife specialist.
  • Paramedic.
7 Jul 2021

Is wildlife biology a good career? ›

Wildlife biology careers are highly rewarding, but the field is challenging and competitive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this field will grow 5% over the next decade. Most full-fledged wildlife biologists need a master's degree, but doctorates are common.

Does animal science have job opportunities? ›

Animal scientists may find employment as:

Animal nutritionist performing feed formulations for different farm animal species/companion animals. Animal nutritionists developing new animal feeds and feed additives. Animal breeders & geneticists developing selection programs and models.

Why do I want to work with animals? ›

Of course, working with animals means you need to be able to bond and communicate with them, and developing a bond with another species can often be highly rewarding itself. This type of work provides ample opportunities to spend time not just with animals but with other people too.

What grades do you need to work with animals? ›

What qualifications do I need to start training as an animal care worker?
  • Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Animal Care.
  • Level 2 Diploma / Animal Care and Welfare Assistant (Level 2 Apprenticeship)
  • Level 3 Diploma / Advanced Apprenticeship in Work-based Animal Care.

Do you need math to work with animals? ›

The veterinary profession is a science-based degree, so unfortunately maths, chemistry and physics are always going to be part of the curriculum. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't be a vet or RVN if these aren't your strong subjects.

What is the most interesting animal to study? ›

The hyrax or “dassie” is the most interesting animal in the world. The hyrax looks like a cross between a rabbit and a guinea pig and looks like it should be either a lagomorph or a rodent. Found in east and southern Africa and the Middle East, it is neither.

What animal careers don't require a degree? ›

Wildlife jobs that don't require a degree
  • Wildlife control technician.
  • Zookeeper.
  • Veterinary assistant.
  • Park ranger.
  • Wildland firefighter.
  • Naturalist.
  • Wildlife photographer.
  • Environmental technician.
26 Oct 2021

What job is taking care of animals? ›

4. Zoologist. Zoologists work with animals in the wild and controlled environments such as zoos. They provide data that shapes wildlife conservation and preservation policy, work with animals extensively and spend time crunching numbers.

What is a career in animal health? ›

Veterinarians are dedicated professionals who care for the health and well-being of animals. Their work is widely varied and may include such activities as clinical practice, biomedical research, education, diagnostic laboratories, consultation, or safeguarding our nation's food supply.

What is an animal system career? ›

The animal systems pathway includes occupations related to the raising and caring of animals and developing more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Workers study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and care of domesticated farm animals.

What are the 11 animal systems? ›

Organs and systems of an animal body
  • The organs of the body.
  • The musculo-skeletal system.
  • The digestive system.
  • The circulatory system and blood.
  • The respiratory system.
  • The urinary system.
  • Nervous system.
  • Reproductive system (Breeding)

What are 3 categories of animal science? ›

An animal scientist applies principles of the biological, physical, and social sciences to the problems associated with livestock production and management.

Where can I work if I study animal production? ›

8 Animal Production Jobs in Nigeria
  • Dairy Manager. ...
  • Field Worker II at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) ...
  • Dairy Manager at Promasidor Nigeria. ...
  • Animal Scientist / Farm Officer at HT-Limited. ...
  • Animal Scientist / Farm Owner at HT-Limited. ...
  • Animal Scientist at HT-Limited. ...
  • Auxiliar de produção.

What is the highest paid animal job? ›

High Paying Animal Jobs
  • Veterinary Medical Officer. Salary range: $33,500-$216,500 per year. ...
  • Veterinary Radiologist. Salary range: $52,000-$195,000 per year. ...
  • Emergency Veterinarian. Salary range: $100,000-$148,500 per year. ...
  • Small Animal Veterinarian. ...
  • Veterinarian. ...
  • Associate Veterinarian. ...
  • Dog Behaviorist. ...
  • Veterinary Manager.

Why do we study animal behavior? ›

Many scientists study animal behavior because it sheds light on human beings. Research on non-human primates, for instance, continues to offer valuable perspectives into the causes and evolution of individual, social, and reproductive human actions.

What are the benefits of studying animal behavior? ›

By studying this course, you will learn the differences between wild and domestic animals, and how their behaviours can change as a result of domestication. In addition to this, you will also understand how environments can influence animal behaviour, including noise, weather and hormones.

What makes a good animal care assistant? ›

Personal qualities

Good veterinary care assistants are dedicated to their job and are passionate about the animals in their care. You must be reliable, hard-working and good at working as part of a close knit team.

How can I work with animals and not be a veterinarian? ›

Here are 12 jobs working with animals that could pay the bills:
  1. Groomer.
  2. Kennel attendant, pet sitter and dog walker.
  3. Veterinary assistant.
  4. Laboratory animal caretaker.
  5. Trainer.
  6. Veterinary technicians.
  7. Animal control worker.
  8. Conservation and forest technicians.
28 Feb 2017

How can I make a career out of saving animals? ›

Animal lovers can make rescue work a full-time job
  1. Animal Welfare Veterinarian.
  2. Animal Shelter Manager.
  3. Pet Adoption Counselor.
  4. Humane Educator.
  5. Animal Control Officer.
  6. Wildlife Rehabilitator.
  7. Animal Lawyer.
4 Nov 2019

What are the 22 different types of vets? ›

22 Types of veterinary specialties
  • Anesthesia and analgesia. ...
  • Animal welfare. ...
  • Behavioral medicine. ...
  • Clinical pharmacology. ...
  • Dentistry. ...
  • Dermatology. ...
  • Emergency and critical care. ...
  • Internal medicine.
1 Feb 2022

What's one of the 5 most important skills to be a veterinarian? ›

It demands a lot of hard work and a passion for keeping animals fit. As an aspiring vet, you'll need to start your preparation in high school to gain proficiency in biology, physics, chemistry, and maths. Vets need to be methodical and analytical to interpret, detect and cure their patients.

Is a vet a job or career? ›

A veterinarian is a healthcare professional whose entire education and practice is focused on animals. They diagnose, treat, and research healthcare issues for cats, dogs, snakes, and all other animals.

Is Zoology is a good career? ›

Is zoology a good career in India? There are numerous job opportunities available in this field. They can work in government agencies, environmental organizations, and universities and colleges. For Zoology graduates, there are numerous opportunities in biotechnological and pharmaceutical fields.

Which is better zoology or Wildlife Biology? ›

Zoologists study animals while wildlife biologists study how animals interact with their environments. Zoologists focus on an organism's traits and characteristics, while wildlife biologists look at how the organism interacts with other elements such as climate and plant life.

Is a zoology degree useful? ›

Graduates can find jobs in research or private industry, though many continue their education to gain specialized skills for their desired careers. Entry-level opportunities include jobs as park rangers or animal biologists. Work with wildlife conservation organizations or animal shelters is also popular.

Is animal science a good degree? ›

Whether you end up in a veterinary office, agriculture, production management, biotechnology, animal behavior or conservation, there's a great deal you can do with this degree. Even if you're not sure of a career path, a solid animal science program offers an unmatched mix of academics and career exposure.

Are animal scientists in demand? ›

Vacancies for this career have slightly increased by 72.08 percent nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 4.50 percent per year. Demand for Animal Scientists is expected to go up, with an expected 350 new jobs filled by 2029.
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Is it hard to become an animal scientist? ›

Animal scientists must have at least a master's degree in biology, chemistry or another related field. A master's degree takes about two to three years to earn after first obtaining a four-year bachelor's.

Why do you love animals answer? ›

1 They Provide Unconditional Love

Animals are unflinching and unreserved with their love for us. Sure, we feed them, pet them, play with them, and clean up after them, but they love us even if we don't put their dinner down on time or take an extra day to clean the litter.

What is a good animal to say in an interview? ›

Dolphins are a popular choice with interviewers and applicants alike, and you can adapt this choice to be specific to the role you are applying for. Butterfly – A butterfly is an interesting choice, always progressing through stages of development, waiting for the right day to fly.

How do you answer an animal interview question? ›

Be creative and think outside the box, but be sure you make a connection between the animal and the job position. Don't focus on why you love the animal so much. Do focus on the characteristics of the animal and how they relate to the job. Name one or two traits the animal has that also relate to you.

Can you become a vet without a degree? ›

You'll need to complete a veterinary degree approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Entry to courses is highly competitive. For this reason the selection process is very thorough. You can expect to be interviewed and to take screening tests at most universities.

What professions require no math? ›

20 high-paying jobs that don't require math
  • Compliance manager.
  • Marketing manager.
  • Music teacher.
  • Historian.
  • Recruitment manager.
  • Art director.
  • Web developer.
  • Documentation manager.

What animal is best at math? ›

Animal mathematical skills

Numerical abilities have been identified in many different species, most prominently chimpanzees. Some of these capabilities demonstrate that the animals understand the underlying connections between different words and labels.

What animal is math like? ›

An ant. Maths underpins almost all concepts, it may be invisible at times but you can always find it if you look hard.

What are high paying jobs that include animals? ›

Popular jobs working with animals
  • Zookeeper. If you become a Zookeeper, you'll be responsible for all aspects of animal care. ...
  • Veterinary Nurse. ...
  • Animal Attendant or Animal Carer. ...
  • Dog Groomer. ...
  • Horse Trainer. ...
  • Professional Pet Sitter / Dog Walker.
16 Mar 2021

What is the highest paying job in the veterinary field? ›

Top 10 highest paid veterinarian careers
  1. Zoo veterinarian. National average salary: $59,986 per year. ...
  2. Veterinary practice manager. ...
  3. Veterinary hospital manager. ...
  4. Public health veterinarian. ...
  5. Regulatory medicine veterinarian. ...
  6. Small animal veterinarian. ...
  7. Military veterinarian. ...
  8. Veterinary research scientist.
8 Feb 2021

What type of animal vet makes the most money? ›

Top 10 highest-paid veterinarian careers
  • Veterinary Ophthalmologist.
  • Military veterinarian. ...
  • Small animal veterinarian. ...
  • Equine veterinarian. ...
  • Veterinary radiologist. ...
  • Regulatory medicine veterinarian. Average salary: $83,781. ...
  • Public health veterinarian. Average salary: $67,343. ...
  • Zoo veterinarian. Average salary: $59,986. ...
7 Dec 2022

How do I start working with animals? ›

How to Gain Experience Working With Animals
  1. Work at a Veterinary Clinic. ...
  2. Volunteer at a Shelter or Rescue. ...
  3. Start a Pet Sitting Service. ...
  4. Participate in College Work Study Programs. ...
  5. Volunteer at a Zoo or Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. ...
  6. Complete Animal Related Internships. ...
  7. Participate in Job Shadowing.
25 Jun 2019

How to make money with animals? ›

Here are 12 jobs working with animals that could pay the bills:
  1. Groomer.
  2. Kennel attendant, pet sitter and dog walker.
  3. Veterinary assistant.
  4. Laboratory animal caretaker.
  5. Trainer.
  6. Veterinary technicians.
  7. Animal control worker.
  8. Conservation and forest technicians.
28 Feb 2017

How can I work with animals without being a vet? ›

12 Jobs Working with Animals That Pay Good Money
  1. Groomer. Groomers help pets look their best by cleaning them, trimming fur and providing other services. ...
  2. Pet Sitter and Dog Walker. ...
  3. Veterinary Assistant. ...
  4. Research Animal Caretaker. ...
  5. Animal Trainer. ...
  6. Veterinary Technician. ...
  7. Animal Control Worker. ...
  8. Conservation & Forest Technician.
16 Sept 2020

Can vets become rich? ›

The hours can be long, the physical effort grueling, and the emotional impact of treating ill and injured animals daily can be difficult. While salaries vary widely, veterinarians rarely become wealthy. As long as there are animals, there will be a need for veterinarians to care for them.

Is veterinary is a good career? ›

Veterinary is a rewarding profession with a promising future.

Is vet school harder than medical school? ›

Many of the prerequisites for these schools are similar because biology and chemistry are needed in the veterinary and medical fields. Though aspiring med students have to take the MCAT before applying to medical school, most people agree that vet school is harder than medical school.

What is the lowest paid veterinarian? ›

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that veterinarians make a median annual income of $100,370 or $48 per hour. The lowest 10% of veterinarians earned less than $60,760 and the highest 10% earned more than $165,600.

Which country is best for veterinary? ›

QS Rankings 2021: Veterinary Science
  • The Royal Veterinary College, the UK.
  • University of California, Davis, the US.
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
  • University of Edinburgh, the UK.
  • Cornell University, the US.
  • University of Guelph, Canada.
  • The Ohio State University, the US.
  • University of Cambridge, the UK.
13 Jan 2022

How hard is it to be a veterinarian? ›

It is extremely difficult to become a veterinarian.

Because of the small number of schools offering these degrees, acceptance rates range from 7% to 24%, with an average acceptance rate among all schools to be 10%. Candidates must first earn a bachelor's degree before attending a school for veterinary medicine.

What is a career in animal behavior? ›

These include employment as veterinary assistants, animal caretakers at zoos, universities, and research institutions, animal psychologists, companion animal trainers, pet store workers, and animal control officers. Some of these require specialized or advanced training through certification programs; others do not.

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