Primatologists - work with primates; Herpetologists - work with reptiles; zoologists - all animals; etc. There's not a single name for someone that works with exotic animals other than the broad category of zoologist. I'm a zookeeper and work with all kinds of exotic animals. I did an internship at a Vet Clinic but was bored because it was always cats and dogs and same thing every day. If you want to be a vet for exotics, you might consider being an in-house vet at a zoo. You can do internships and volunteer work at zoos to get exposure to the exotic animals which will help you decide which direction you want to go. As a zookeeper, I get to take care of; train; and provide basic medical care for hyenas, porcupines, capybaras, baboons, spider monkeys, cappuchins, lemurs, wolves, bears, bearcats, sloths, tamanduas, etc. I love it!
Courtney recommends the following next steps:
- Look for zoo internship/volunteer opportunities
- Decide what route you want to take for school (zookeeper; veterinary, etc)