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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Maddey72, Nov 11, 2012.

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  1. Maddey72

    Maddey72 Teenage Guinea Pig

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    I'm soon going off to Writtle horticulture and animal college, but before I go, I need to know which job I would like to 'study for' I have crossed off vets as I am not good with blood. But I'm thinking about farm work, zookeeping, guide dog trainer and kennel worker. Are there any other jobs thàt could 'fulfil my needs'?
     
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    Well all those other jobs may have blood at some point ;)
    What about wildlife rehabilitation?
     
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    Depends which animals you want to work with:

    Dogs - kennel assistant, groomer, dog walker, dog sitter

    Cats - cattery assistant, pet sitter

    All small domestic animals - veterinary care assistant (can train on the job), veterinary nurse (requires qualifications and ok with blood etc), veterinary receptionist

    Horses - stable hand, professional groom, trainer (will require riding experience) farrier (requires training)

    Farm animals - very little work associated with this unless your a farmer or vet

    Wildlife - rehabilitation center helper (usually voluntary)

    Exotics - zoo keeper (very hard to become/get into), zoo staff of some sort

    Other jobs such as guide dog training requires training and/or dog experience and is usually voluntary

    Working with animals is rewarding, but also hard, long hours, demanding and often very physical. Much of it is voluntary and when you are trained then pay is very little.

    Hope you find the right job for you. As said before, many of these jobs will involve blood sometimes, so it depends how bad you are with it.

    x.
     
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    Maddey72 Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Thank you for your help :)
    I'm a little concerned ATM then :\
    I will probably have to do two jobs or something...
     
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    Is there another area you're interested in? You could work in another career route and have your love of animals as a hobby e.g. volunteer at weekends or something.
     
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    If you got some work experience in a vets you would soon see the blood thing passes :D Most newbies hit the deck at some point, but after a while it becomes the norm. As someone said, most any job with animals may involve blood at some point, and if you are too freaked by blood to administer first aid, you would be putting animals at risk.
     
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    I do not do well with blood either!

    I wanted to work with animals so 7 years on....i am a dog groomer. Its hard work but very rewarding.
     
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    Thank you so much for the help.
    I don't have any other interests if I'm honest.
    But thank you for the help.
    X I have a College open day in December so ill tell you how it goes x
     
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    There's lots of things you can do that can build on your interest of animals although not directly working with them
    In a hands on kind of way, eg conservation or something
     
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    I wish I had done this!
    Wish I'd studied ecology.
     
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    Maddey72 Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Yeah I guess that would be cool :)
    But I need to see what 'offers' there are for me.
    Because although it may be hard, I think becoming a Zoo keeper is the most interesting to me.
    Plus it would give me the opertunity to work with different species and stuff.
    I would really like to work with 'Capybaras meerkats wolves reptiles or elephants' as they are quite different from typical 'domestic' animals. (Although I do love my piggies and doggies).
    I could go in forever really :)
    But like I said, open day in December will help me figure it out :)
    Thank you for your help!
     
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    No reason why you cant be a zoo keeper, just tough to get into. If you put your mind to it, I'm sure you could be whatever you want.

    Good luck with it all.

    x.
     
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    The big thing in working with animals, that will give you a huge advantage, is experience.

    If you haven't already, see if you can get some work experience in a vet surgery. It'll be enough for you to know whether you really can't handle it, in which case you know for sure and won't have the "what-ifs", or it'll make you decide that you want to be a vet nurse for example, and spur you on to solve your problems with blood.

    Another thing to consider are volunteering (rescue centre, cattery, dog walking for your local RSPCA/Dogs' Trust etc.)
     
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