Give sick animals some TLC.
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So, you want a job working with animals?
You might think Veterinarian and Marine Biologist are your only options. Nope! There are tons of career paths—for all levels of education—that let you devote your life to the care and keeping of our furry, fuzzy (and sometimes scaly) friends.
Work with domestic animals as a Pet Adoption Counselor or Veterinary Tech. Prepare dogs to help people with disabilities as a Guide Dog Trainer. Or walk on the wild side to protect animals’ health as a Wildlife Rehabilitator. And this is only a tiny glimpse of the wide world of animal jobs!
Ready to turn your passion for animals into a paying position? Explore animal jobs listed below.
Give sick animals some TLC.
Research animals in the wild or in captivity.
Educate people about the natural world.
Create zoo exhibits that mimic the animals’ home in the wild.
Care for wild animals so they can be returned to their natural habitat.
Provide medical care to a variety of animals: large, small, or exotic.
Test and treat animals for harmful organisms like fleas and ticks.
Fit horses with shoes to help them walk on hard surfaces.
Tend to the animals at a zoo.
Provide administrative support to a veterinary office.
Use internal images to medically diagnose and treat animals.
Set up and maintain aquarium exhibits.
Breed snakes, lizards, or turtles to be sold to stores or labs.
Maintain hives, harvest honey, and keep your bees buzzing along.
Watch over the animals at zoos and shelters.
Make pets look and smell good.
Observe how wolves behave and live.
Provide medical care to animals in zoos or protected habitats.
Teach elephants tricks for circus performances.
Feed and clean the animals at a shelter.
Examine lab samples from sick animals or do research on animal diseases.
Investigate and save animals in abusive situations.
Learn all there is to learn about fish.
Bring animals to TV and film sets and ensure they give great performances.
Take care of the teeth, gums, and mouths of animals.
Help care for animals under the guidance of a Veterinarian.
Train police and seeing eye dogs or show off your pup at a dog show.
Teach pets obedience, train circus animals, or consult on animal problems.
Concoct healthy diets for animals.
Match pets with potential owners.
Help animal escape pain and discomfort using small needles.
Breed beautiful canaries from eggs for sale as pets.
Respond to urgent calls related to animal safety.
Breed dogs to encourage desirable physical and personality traits.
Study ocean environments to see how they can be better protected.
Keep horses clean and healthy.
Track down stray pets and return them to their owner.
Get show dogs ready for competitions.
Keep track of the staff and animals in your shelter.
Discover how small bugs affect the world in big ways.
Help horses stay healthy.
Provide medical care to animals who are part of experiments.
Keep research animals healthy and clean.
Mate award-winning show cats to breed another generation of purebreds.
Analyze insects found in victims’ bodies for clues to their death.
Handle insects for film shoots.
Teach dolphins how to perform for an audience.
Get horses in perfect shape for shows.
Research animal bloodlines and match up specific traits to be reproduced.