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.
Feed and clean the animals at a shelter.
Teach elephants tricks for circus performances.
Investigate and save animals in abusive situations.
Examine lab samples from sick animals or do research on animal diseases.
Learn all there is to learn about fish.
Bring animals to TV and film sets and ensure they give great performances.
Help care for animals under the guidance of a Veterinarian.
Take care of the teeth, gums, and mouths of animals.
Teach pets obedience, train circus animals, or consult on animal problems.
Train police and seeing eye dogs or show off your pup at a dog show.
Concoct healthy diets for animals.
Match pets with potential owners.
Research animal bloodlines and match up specific traits to be reproduced.
Track down stray pets and return them to their owner.
Help horses stay healthy.
Discover how small bugs affect the world in big ways.
Teach dolphins how to perform for an audience.
Provide medical care to animals who are part of experiments.
Keep horses clean and healthy.
Analyze insects found in victims’ bodies for clues to their death.
Breed dogs to encourage desirable physical and personality traits.
Mate award-winning show cats to breed another generation of purebreds.
Keep track of the staff and animals in your shelter.
Respond to urgent calls related to animal safety.
Get horses in perfect shape for shows.
Help animal escape pain and discomfort using small needles.
Get show dogs ready for competitions.
Handle insects for film shoots.
Study ocean environments to see how they can be better protected.
Breed beautiful canaries from eggs for sale as pets.
Keep research animals healthy and clean.