What are some non-surgical jobs that work with animals?
It's so great that you are only 16 already found one thing you are passionate about! Just a reminder - you may find you have other passions as well so never stop looking for other things that you love! That being said, there are plenty of careers that would allow you to work with animals that do not involve veterinary practices.
A few jobs that do not require a college education are Animal Groomer, Kennel Attendant, Trainer, or Breeder. Another interesting job if you like to make sure animals are treated properly and help to locate abandoned animals, you could look into becoming an Animal Control Worker. Additionally, Laboratory Animal Caretakers monitor, feed, and take care of lab animals - and only a high school diploma is required for this job as well! If you are interested in wildlife, there are conservation and forest technicians which only require a high school diploma, but some colleges also offer Forestry-related majors which could help! If you are thinking about going to college, a Bachelor's degree could help you get a job as a Zoologist or Wildlife Biologist - their job is to study how animals interact with their environment.
I hope this helped give you some more career ideas! Keep an open mind and remember you are not limited in what jobs you can go after!
Erin recommends the following next steps:
You could look into working in Animal Rescue, at an Animal Shelter, as a Zoologist, Wildlife Biologist, etc.
I love animals too and wish you good luck!