I'm trying to pick a major in college. I want to work hands-on with animals, though.?

I'm trying to pick a major in college. I want to work hands-on with animals, though.? Topic: I'm trying to pick a major in college. I want to work hands-on with animals, though.?
July 16, 2019 / By Krystle
Question: I'm considering pre-vet, then on to vet school. I'm also thinking of studying zoology, but I understand there aren't many hands-on jobs in that field. What sort of degree would I need to work with rescued animals, in a shelter or something like that? And how would I go about working with fish in, say, a wholesale place that supplies to pet stores and breeds fish? Any input will be helpful. Thanks!
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Jelissa Jelissa | 9 days ago
Shelter work wouldn't require much of a degree, these folks typically follow orders of a vet or give basic care. I don't even think dog groomers have much training aside from on the job and that can be some pretty precision work. You can look into animal EMT and expect that these are only going to be found in cities large enough to support the demand, that is, people willing to call an ambulance for their pets. I think the demand is there, you might look for geographic pockets where people are known for SHOWING or RACING animals because an emergency might be deemed that much more important than waiting for the vet to open, make a house call, or take them to a hospital themselves. Kentucky comes to mind with horses. You could look into the law enforcement end of things and actually perform the rescue, or investigate cruelty cases. This probably requires some training as a law officer because some carry weapons, plus you have to know how to exercise the authority of apprehending an animal from a rowdy pet owner, as well as detective skills, interviewing, knowing your rights to search vs harrassment of the alleged abuser, etc. You could go into law and prosecute abusers on a grand scale, such as puppy farmers, c o c k fighters (had to drag it out to escape censors!), exotic pet smugglers, and poachers. These situations sometimes look isolated enough but if you look into it, you are usually dealing with a pretty extensive network of people that are doing it...ie, organized crime. You could study environmental sciences with emphasis on the habitat of the animals you are most interested. So if you dig dolphins, you would study marine biology and oceanography. If you like monkeys you might study forestry (emphasis on tropical forestry). Unfortunately, in the helping professions, the further you move up the ladder, the further you get away from your population in need. I have a BA in social work. I have never advanced in any career because I didn't want to get away from that hands-on experience. The sad thing is...if you want the money, you have to move up. If you don't, well, you don't need the degree very often.
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Jelissa Originally Answered: What is the best major to take in Community College if in the future you plan to major in psychology?
Get ahold of an academic counselor at the university you plan to transfer to. You should be able to get ahold of a curriculum check sheet for your program. Then verify that every course you take at the community college will transfer AND satisfy a requirement of the degree. I know a couple people that got associates degrees at a CC only to find out that much of their coursework only transferred to the university as elective credit. They ended up taking a lot more courses than they needed to.

Felice Felice
If you want to work with fish in a wholesale market or be a supplier to a pet store then you should not waste your money on a college education because you could go get those jobs right now. It's great that you like animals, but you need to be reasonable when considering the amount you are paying (or borrowing) to attend college. If you are not going to use your degree to increase your earning potential, then what's the point? You need to go to the career center at your campus and take one of the assessments they offer to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses and interests are. There are some online that are great too. They can recommend industries and careers you may never have considered that will compliment your personality and skills and preferences. If you can't narrow down your interest to a specific career (like going pre-med/pre-vet in order to be a doctor/veterenarian) then I would make sure that I major in something that will be useful across a variety of different careers--like business. A good option is to major in what you like (zoology) but get a double major or at least a minor in something widely practical, like business. PS-you can always volunteer at animal shelters and even start foundations for the benefit of those animals once you actually are earning an income that will support you comfortably.
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Cortney Cortney
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Bethel Bethel
You should become a biology or anthropology major, and choose the classes in this major dealing with animals versus humans.
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Bethel Originally Answered: How to pick classes in college ?
You do not pick "whatever" classes, you should only pick classes that will fulfill some type of requirement. As you're a freshman, you have many choices but take the time to at least look through the general core requirements if you do not know what major you intend to really follow through on. For example, if your college requires 1 class in humanities then you know that taking 2 courses in it is poor planning if you do not have any interest in humanities. Consider this task to be your first homework assignment, as this issue will haunt you years later when you realized you screwed up somewhere and have to spend a 5th year in college. If you have a major in mind, you should read through the requirements and see the progression of requirements, which usually have prereqs upon prereqs for the sequence of courses. You can get caught off guard if you do not start hitting the prereqs right off the bat. This is especially true with science, business, or engineering majors. Be careful, too, with taking the "appropriate" level of class required. For example, there are often numerous types of biology classes offered on campus, but they are meant for specific types of students. If you're a premed student you need to make sure you take the right one else it wont count. Scheduling is also important. Even if you live on campus, chances are that your classroom buildings will be quite distant. If you're commuting then scheduling is incredibly important. Most students like to have their classes back to back, 2-3 per day. Avoid having too much spaced out time in a day such as a class in the morning, then a class in the late afternoon as it will tire and frustrate you as the weeks go by.
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