Jobs that deal with helping Animals
So I just finished my sophmore year of Highschool and I'm trying to figure out what I'm passionate about. Something that I've thought about is rescuing/healing animals. I don't know many jobs that's deal with that cause I'm pretty clueless when it comes to all that right now but I wanted to ask what are some positives and negatives of becoming a vet and what are other jobs that deal with helping animals that pay well? job veterinarian animals veterinary veterinary-medicine higschool help vet
It's great to explore your dreams early on, and you have already received a lot of good advice! I just want to add a complementary option: take some related classes at your local Community College while still in high school. In my state (Washington) this is called "Running Start", but every US state has a version of this program. High school students can take college classes for free!
Some community colleges offer Veterinary Assistant programs - usually one, sometimes 2 years. You might be able to complete one of these programs during high school and get an internship at a vet clinic in the summer. That would be great hands on experience, including direct insight into several of the jobs in the field. Depending on where you live, you might even get to experience large (farm), exotic or zoo animal vet work. You could also volunteer at a shelter or wildlife rehab center.
Another college-in-high-school option would be to focus on core Science classes like Biology and Chemistry, as well as Math. Any 4-year college program in the animal field will have a core sequence, and you might be able to complete some of that before you even get to college! If you'd rather stay close to home, you can also complete a 2-year Associates Transfer degree at your local community college then TRANSFER to a 4-year college as a Junior. That's a great way to save money.
Good luck to you!
- Marine Biologist
- Conservation officer/biologist
- Wildlife biologist
- Park Rangers
Specifically for helping animals, you can consider -
- Marine Rescue Officer
- Wildlife Rehabilitator
- Animal Shelter Technician
- Animal Shelter Managers
For now, if you're thinking you'd like to work with animals there are a few different pathways you might like to explore. The one most people think of first is veterinary medicine (becoming an animal doctor). Veterinary medicine is four years following college and trains you to care for both typical small animal pets as well as large domestic animals (cows, horses, sheep, pigs, etc.). There is less training on exotic animals but it is possible to do that too and then care for animals in zoos, for instance. Some vets do additional years of training after vet school to specialize further.
If that much schooling is not what you're looking for, there are also veterinary nurses (also called "vet techs") who assist the veterinarians in their practices.
Another possibility if you are more interested in helping with injured wild animals is to become certified in wildlife rehabilitation. These people generally take training courses in wildlife rehab centers and community colleges and then need to pass a certifying exam. They are then licensed to care for injured or orphaned rescued wild animals.
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