Exotic animal medicine can be very exciting! One great advantage is that you may frequently see different and unusual things. Depending on the type of practice (zoo vs private practice - ie small exotic pets) you may be involved in species conservation efforts, or individual animal husbandry/welfare (not just caring for the animals, but helping to educate their owners/caretakers).
One potential disadvantage is that it can be a fairly small world, and there are a lot of people interested in the exotic field. If you work in the field before and during college/veterinary school, you may be able to make connections and build a resume (research, volunteer, job shadowing, etc) that could help with a job search later on.
Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:
- Job shadowing - is there a program at a zoo or rehab centre/sanctuary near you or is there a veterinary practice that treats exotics?
- Look for opportunities to participate in research projects while in college. There are many opportunities in behaviour or conservation research as well as medical/scientific research. Check out the areas of study of your college professors and find out if there are opportunities to work with them.