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Here is an always evolving list of career possibilities for animal lovers, including veterinary careers, divided into categories. A few careers are listed in multiple categories.
Veterinarians can choose to work in general practice, to specialise in working with a particular species or related group of animals (i.e. large animals, small animals, equine), or pursue board certification in a veterinary speciality (such as dermatology, anaesthesiology, or pathology to name a few specialist paths).
Animal Welfare Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care Veterinarian
Small Animal Veterinarian
Large Animal Veterinarian
Mixed Practice Veterinarian
Veterinary technicians can assist veterinarians in a variety of areas (i.e. equine or small animal practice). They may also pursue specialty certification (in areas such as surgery, emergency and critical care, etc) after gaining several years of practical experience and taking a comprehensive exam to achieve accreditation.
Clinical Practice Veterinary Technician
Clinical Pathology Veterinary Technician
Emergency & Critical Care Veterinary Technician
Equine Veterinary Technician
Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Behavior Technician
Veterinary Dental Technician
Veterinary Nutrition Technician
Veterinary Surgical Technician
Veterinary Technician Anesthetist
Zoo Veterinary Technician
Other Animal Health Careers
There are many careers (not directly related to careers in veterinary medicine) that are concerned with maintaining the health and well being of animal species. These career paths range from advising on behavioural or nutritional topics to hands on careers such as massage therapy and animal care.
Careers with Dogs and Cats
Animal Cruelty Investigator
Animal Shelter Manager
Doggie Day Care Owner
K-9 Police Officer
Pet Bakery Owner
Pet Boutique Owner
Mobile Dog Groomer
Pooper Scooper Business Owner
Careers with Horses
Equine Dental Technician
Equine Extension Agent
Equine Pedigree Analyst
Equine Veterinary Technician
Tack Shop Owner
Careers with Marine Animals
Careers with Reptiles
There are many sales and marketing related careers that involve animals to some degree. While a career in veterinary pharmaceutical sales may be the first animal related sales career you think of, there are certainly several other options to choose from. These additional options include career paths such as insurance sales and a variety of jobs related to pet product sales.
Equine Insurance Agent
Equine Product Sales Representative
Pet Food Sales Representative
Pet Product Sales Manager
Pet Product Sales Representative
Pet Insurance Agent
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Wildlife careers can involve a wide variety of native or exotic species. Zoo careers, fish and game management careers, biology related careers, and wildlife rehabilitation careers are just a few of the available options for those interested in having a career with wildlife.
Wildlife Forensic Scientist
Other Animal Careers
Some animal careers don’t quite fit any of the categories mentioned above. These careers combine an interest in animals with work in law, training, photography, painting, or writing.
If you have the chance before beginning a serious job search, also be sure to pursue an animal related internship opportunity or two. There are options available in a number of fields and they can really enhance your resume by providing evidence of direct, hands on experience. Hands on experience is particularly valued in the animal industry.
Animal Behaviour Internships
Animal Nutrition Internships
Marine Animal Internships
Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Internships
Wildlife Rehabilitation Internships