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What are some careers (besides veterinarian) that work with animals, but still make a decent amount of money?

Hi I'm 15 and I'm not really sure what I want to do, but animals interest me. I don't want to be a vet, but I would still like to make a good amount of money. I would be interested in any careers that relate to animals, not just careers that directly involve animals.

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Leah’s Answer

My friend's dad works in Sales for an animal pharmaceutical company
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Srividya’s Answer

Some of the incredible careers for animal lovers
1. Veterinary Assistant
2. Veterinary Technician/Technologist
3. Veterinarian
4. Dog Walker
5. Pet Sitter
6. Animal Caretaker
7. Animal Cruelty Investigator
8.Animal Groomer
9. Pet Detective
10.Animal Photographer
11.K9 Police Officer
12.Conservation Officer
13.Animal Trainer
14.Wildlife Rehabilitator
15.Veterinary Acupuncturist
16.Veterinary Pathologist
17.Animal-Assisted Therapist
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Stella’s Answer

Charlotte, I think you found very noble calling to wanting to work with animals. There are few options for career paths:
-Veterinary profession is the best of course and it is instant money as well. To compare; a doctor must wait until the insurance covers the service and, then bill the rest $$ amount to the patient, where the Vet doesn't need to because most Vet services are cash money/Transactions.
-You could choose to be a Scientist and do research on new drugs/medication that will eventually be tested on animals in clinical studies... yet you must be aware that most of those animals are only there to gain data for the study... and will be treated as such.
You could choose to be animal behavior Trainer and make good money as well. Most pets' owners love their furry babies and need them trained (although you are training the humans not the animal), with that said this path includes service animal training and those are very expensive to the owners yet very profitable to trainers.
Whatever career path you choose follow your passion and multiple doors will open for you.

Stella recommends the following next steps:

Look for opportunities to shadow a Vet, or to volunteer at an animal shelter. You can always go there in person and ask for those opportunities.
Check if there is a Dog Trainers or better yet Service animal Trainers in your area and reach out to see if you can shadow and/or volunteer.
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Marcos’s Answer

One of the things I wanted to do before I started my accounting career was to become a garbage man or truck driver. Once I learned how hard these jobs are, I really thought about my future years, what would be best for me and then decided to attend the University and graduate with a Bachelor's in Accounting and Finance.

While I did not become a garbage man or truck driver, I am now involved in working with a large variety of clients that are from all industries. I was even able to assist a trucking company with a portion of their tax return. (It was more of a special service rather than preparing their entire tax return since I am a specialized tax accountant at PwC and don't prepare tax returns). From their I learned that while I am not the individual driving the truck, I am just as thrilled to help these companies with their tax documents.

I have friends that are very passionate about a particular organization and end up working for them. For example, there are associations that help dogs in need, organizations that help dogs in times of need when there are natural disasters. There are many ways that you can be involved with dogs/pets indirectly and help them greatly without being the vet who provides them with shots, medicine etc.

While I am a dog lover and have a Chocolate Labrador myself, I would of loved to be a vet but I am just not capable of seeing dogs suffer when they are in pain, I cannot see blood, etc. Therefore, knowing that I have other strengths, decided to do something that I am happy doing as a career while fulfilling my need to help others. I help individuals claim tax credits on their tax returns and while I am not a vet helping a dog, I am thrilled when I am able to find savings for clients!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!