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What do I need to do in order to find myself in a career involving engineering and animals?

Im interested in animal and engineering. I don't know if I should go into biomedical engineering or zoology. Dream job is creating zoo animal habitats.

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Dr Gretchen’s Answer

This is such a great question Meghan! There are so many innovative ways to use your love of animals and engineering in this field! There are many positions in this field that would be a great fit for the combination of technology and animal service innovations. Most recently, there is a great need in technology and representatives in the area of ultrasound, digital radiography, thermography, and DNA and genetic disease biomarker testing. A person like yourself who had both, engineering and animal science background, woukd be an excellent candidate for these positions! Your job description woukd likely include frequent visits to veterinary hospitals and veterinary teaching university hospitals to showcase your company product innovation with your technical expertise. In terms of habitat, this is such an extremely important aspect for well-being in animals housed in concentration such as in zoos and shelters. I think the possibilities are endless for you to also create an interactive product that helps stimulate those animals on a physical and mental level! My suggestion, as a veterinarian, would be an engineering degree with an emphasis in animal model bio-enhancement technology and diagnostics! I am confident that you will be able to reach your goals that encompass both of your passions!😊Dr Gretchen Pearson, DVM
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Renee’s Answer

Dear Meghan,

Engineering and zoology are two possibilities, however, I would also recommend you study architecture/design and veterinary science. I would look for a higher education institution which has both programs and choose one for your major and another for your minor. You will need to know both the needs of the animals and their caretakers and the best construction methods and materials to meet those needs. It sounds like a fun career because it is!

My clients were Disney's Animal Kingdom and Sea World Discovery Cove. I got to participate in both parks being constructed and watch some parts of the process you are interested in. They had great designers and great animal caretakers. I just sold them the furniture, but still got to pet the animals occasionally.

If you are near a vet, farm, zoo, or pet shop, I suggest getting a part time job there. Get to know your "clients," the animals, as much as possible. Get to know their caretakers and the business of animal care. Find the problems and challenges they have, then get the education you need so you can create the solutions. (Maybe even take a class in patent law, in case your solution works for cats or dogs!)

Wishing you the best!
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