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Winter 2006-07 Vol. 50, Number 4

Careers for creature lovers

If you love animals, you’ll like this article. It describes some of the many jobs that involve work in creature care—and offer flexibility and independence, too.

Children often say they want to be a veterinarian when they grow up. They love pets and are fascinated with horses and wildlife, and veterinary work is the only animal career they know. But being a vet can lose its appeal when they discover that it involves surgery and treating sick animals.

Fortunately, there are many other career options if you like animals. Keep reading to explore some of those options, including training animals, working in an animal shelter, and starting a pet-care business. Begin to assess your animal-career interests by learning about some animal-centered occupations and the education that they may require. Next, find out about pay and future job prospects in these careers. Finally, uncover some additional resources for exploring creature careers.

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Last Updated: June 8, 2007