(If this is you, read below)
Information provided by Professional animal trainer Emily Martin of Pawsitively Pets
A few facts about the biz:
* Working with animals will not make you rich; we do it because we love it.
*You will most likely have to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
*It is hard work and takes time to move up in the field. Do not expect to get to hang out with the monkeys or dolphins your first week or even first year.
*It is a messy and physical job. And yes, talking about poop at the dinner table becomes a regular topic J
What can you do now?
*Volunteer– the animal industry is competitive and not over abundant with jobs. Many places require you to volunteer or do an internship and will hire from employees from there.
To volunteer at places with exotic animal, most require you to be 18, but there are several other places to look into. Volunteering at the human society or a horse-riding program is a good start.
*My rule of thumb is: You can never show your face, dedication, and skills enough to a facility you would like to work at. You want to always be there, and in the back of their mind as much as possible, so when they see your name on an application they can put your face to the name.
*Classes: Look into classes offered at local zoo and Audubon society. Look for outdoor education programs, especially in the summer.
*The best school for Exotic animal training and care taking is Moorpark College in California. They have a program called Americas Teaching Zoo. It is basically like going to college on a zoo. It is a well-rounded yet strenuous 2-year program.
*Colleges- Degree in wildlife management, Marine biology, zoology, animal science, and psychology are also great options to get a jump into the animal world.
Exotic animal training Resources:
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