Should I minor in Spanish or Wildlife when I plan on becoming a wildlife veterinarian (hopefully at a zoo)?
I will be entering college this fall, majoring in Animal Sciences. This major covers animals extensively, but should I choose a minor in wildlife to gain even more understanding? However, I have also heard that it is extremely beneficial to know more than one language, so should I minor in Spanish? Which would most likely end up being more beneficial in the end?
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Keep in mind that wildlife covers more than just animals. Wildlife is plants, animals, ecosystem, etc. Which in Texas is a Major/Minor we'd follow to be a Game Warden. At my zoo, we consider our animals to be exotics (bears, various wild cats, wolves, primates, kinkajous, warthogs, water buffalo, bearcats, sloths, etc). Most of our zookeepers majored in Animal Science and minored in Wildlife and Fisheries or Biology. Logically speaking, I'm not sure what benefit there is to being to be able to speak Spanish when most ofy our time as a zoo vet will be spent with the animals. If you wanted to be a domestic animal veterinarian in an area that speaks mostly Spanish, then you should consider taking a couple of Spanish classes as an elective so that you can speak to your customers, but I wouldn't recommended minoring in Spanish. It would benefit you more to keep your focus on animal related Majors/Minors for your Bachelor's Degree, like Animal Science; Wildlife & Fisheries; Zoology; Biology; Psychology (for working with primates). Don't forget.... after your Bachelor's you'll have another 4 years getting your DVM.
Because I was born in South America, I can tell you that it's great to be bilingual. Especially in Spanish. However, since you know exactly what you want to focus on (ie.attaining a position as a zoo veterinarian) I would lean for you to take more courses in wildlife biology, especially since that is your passion.
You hopefully suspect that attaining such job in North America or even any other first world country is very competitive and selective. When you choose a vet school (also highly selective) try to choose one like UC Davis which has a tract in wildlife medicine. Of course a zoo is not your only option and furthermore there is so much need in poorer countries and if you have compassion and dedication there is much work to be done.