4 Jobs for Every Type of Animal Lover
Pretty much everyone loves animals, but there are some that are truly passionate about their well-being. If spending your time with some furry friends sounds like your cup of tea, then here’s a line up of the top career paths that may take your interest.
1. Pet Groomers
The job title pretty much explains itself, so why should you become one? Well, it’s certainly a good position if you don’t want to go to university, since it requires no formal qualifications, such as a bachelor’s degree, though completing a certificate II in Animal Studies can give you edge over the competition.
2. Marine Biologists
If you’re a fan of scuba diving and underwater creatures, then marine biology could be for you! There’s obviously a lot more coursework that you need to get a job in this area, but it pays a bit higher than many other jobs that revolve around animal needs. Plus, you could really make a difference to a marine species by understanding how changes in the ocean affect their overall wellbeing. Everyone knows about climate change, and how it’s affecting animals and their habitats, so figuring out how to protect creatures under the sea is becoming more and more dire as time passes.
This is what most people think of when they think of a job that revolves around taking care of animals, but what most people don’t know is how many types there are. For example, some veterinarians practice privately, such as companion animal vets who treat dogs and cats. If you want to find cures for the diseases that animals contract, then you could take up a position in veterinary research, where’ll you study the interaction between pathogens and animals.
Or if you feel that you’re not up for a position as serious as the above just yet, you can always become a veterinary assistant, where you’ll be under the supervision of a veterinarian. As a vet’s assistant, you’ll practice maintenance by cleaning and sterilising cages and equipment, taking care of the animals that stay overnight in the clinic, even helping in emergency clinical procedures with other veterinarians. This is a good stepping stone if you want to work your way up to become a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse since you’ll be able to slowly adjust to the work there.
While you’ll often have to do a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of veterinary medicine to become a qualified vet, the assistant courses certainly takes less time to do.
4. Animal Lawyer
A bit of an unusual option, but hear me out. An animal lawyer is someone who helps protect animals across the board, from charging animal abusers to disputing veterinary misconduct, you’ll be able to give a voice to those who cannot speak on their behalf. For example, a group of animal rights lawyer can file a lawsuit against zoos with substandard conditions, and will make sure that the animals are taken to a safe place.
While their experience with animals may be more indirect than the other jobs listed above, there are still times when an animal lawyer can interact with animals. So just because you’re a lawyer, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get to spend time with animals. However, an animal lawyer will have to do many of the duties that other types of lawyers do, such as drawing up legal documents. This will mean knowing the law back to front, which will require a bachelor’s degree.
So, if you want a hand in reducing animal cruelty and personally bringing justice to the most innocent of beings, then you might have just found your dream job.
And there you have it. The top jobs for any and every type of animal lover.
Whether you’re interested in taking care of household pets, underwater creatures or any animal that has suffered from cruelty, there’s always a job that’ll suit your needs.
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