In fact, there are many professions that work with animals. Here are some fields to consider:
Jobs in Zoos and Aquariums:
|Photo provided by Bridget Walker.|
Animal Health Professions:
|A wildlife rehabilitator handles a baby skunk.|
Image by AnimalPhotos at Wikimedia.
|Jérôme Micheletta with the Macaca Nigra Project|
in Indonesia. Photo from Jérôme Micheletta.
Working with Pets:
|Snuggles! Photo by Jenna Elizabeth.|
Farming and Breeding:
|Working at a dairy farm. Photo by Elizabeth Martens.|
All animals behave (and misbehave), so experts in animal behavior are needed in all of the fields mentioned above. Zoos and aquariums rely on animal trainers not only to entertain the public, but also to encourage animals to cooperate with caretakers and the veterinary staff, which reduces their stress and risk of injury. Farmers, breeders and pet owners rely on animal behaviorists for the same reasons. Animal trainers also work in specialty areas, such as animal racing, showing, hunting, and acting. More noble animal professions are service animals that assist people with disabilities, police and military dogs and horses, and detection dogs and pigs. All of these highly trained animals require experienced professional trainers. Animal behavior is also an active area of animal research to provide us with insight about how and why animals (including ourselves) do what we do.