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Find a career or job for you, working with animals

Updated on November 18, 2009

Have you ever thought of working with animals for a career? If you love animals, then why not enjoy the experience of working with them. You can start working at some of these at an early age. There are so many opportunities waiting for you to try. Many will require training to become qualified in that field.

The following, will give you a few ideas of places that you could start up a new business. Others could lead to casual or full time work while interacting and learning more about handling different animals.

Police working dog

Dog Handler

Dog Handlers for Police force

What could be better than training one of these fantastic dogs. They do such a wonderful job. You would need to be in either the police force or the army to do this.

Local Pet Shop

You could obtain a casual job working for your local pet shop. Offer to do this on a voluntary basis to start, especially for school leavers. You will meet all types of people and learn how to handle a variety of pets and their care.

Veterinary assistant or receptionist

Ask for casual employment to get you in the door, this could start you off on a full time career. You may start by cleaning out the cages, and move up from there, with the correct training you could become a vet technician.

Dog Walking or Exerciser

Anyone can earn money by taking their neighbors dogs for a walk each day to the park. Pensioners would really appreciate their dogs taken for their daily exercise, especially when they are unable to do it themselves.

This will give you exercise,s and get you out into the fresh air and bright sunshine. What more could anyone want?

You can also earn money caring for animals while people are away at Christmas and  holidays

Why not make this your choice for starting a small home business?

Work with livestock as veterinarian

Dog Beauty Salons

Grooming is a very necessary part of owning a dog and a good way to start a small business. Many dogs like Shu-zitzu's and Poodles need regular grooming. Since the advent of unemployment, more ideas are evolving all the time, like dog washing. You could combine the two, and offer nail clipping and flea treatment services.

Pet Photography

If you are good with the camera and have a computer and printer, then why not print up some business cards. Print a small advert with your photography services available and pin it on the local notice boards. Customers will come flocking, well in time they should if you look after your customers. Offer a discount for referrals.

Pet Sitting

Offer to look after people's pets and gardens while the owners go away for holidays. The main thing is to be reliable, never forget to turn the sprinklers on or feed the cat or dog and remember to fill up the bird feeders and give fresh water daily. This will not help your new home business if you lose one of the pets.

Boarding Kennels

This is another way to enjoy working with animals. You get to exercise and play with dogs or cats depending on the type of kennel. Most kennels have boarding facilities while the owner is away on holidays. Others offer day care services. You will need to do some training in these cases on how to manage the more aggressive dog.

Work at the Zoo

Animal shelters

These always need volunteers to help care for the neglected animals. This could involve looking after kangaroos, horses, sheep, goats, and dogs and cats. With this postiion you would need to do some training on correct handling on a variety of different animals.

Obedience and Dog Training

All dogs need obedience training. They need to learn how and when to behave while on a leash, or out in the park with their owners. This would be a great way for earning money. You would need to be very good at handling all types of dogs, and not be afraid of them. This may involve doing a training course yourself and obtaining the correct certificates before starting down this track.

There are so many more opportunities for ways to work with animals. You could try one of these, working at the Zoo, working with a horse farrier, or become a veterinary assistant to name a few. Some of these may require training.


Whatever path you take, enjoy every moment of your time, playing or working with wonderful animals that make our world a better place to live.




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      animal lover 

      9 years ago

      I am in between the ages 11 to 18 and I really love animals but I dont know what I want to do. these are all great ideas.I would love to work at an animal shelter or work at a boarding kennel or maybe even be a vet.I dont want to go to college/university to long though.So I really need help finding out what I want to be:(

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Good ideas about writing on the animals thanks for stopping by

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      Donna Campbell Smith 

      11 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Good tips! There are many jobs in the horse industry, too. It has been a blessing to be able to earn money doing something I love. WRITING about the animals we love is another way to earn extra income.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Sweetiepie, why dont you put a small notice in your local shopping centre offering this service to someone or several people. That way you could earn money and enjoyment as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      11 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love the dogs and cats I had when I was younger, but I am no longer able to have pets where I live. Being a dog walker would be a great way to spend time with dog and I have thought about offering to do this if any of my friends ever ask. Unfortunately, none of my friends have dogs right now, but I am ready and willing if they ever get one. This hub is great tool for high school students considering a career working with animals. Thanks for the great hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I think it takes special with a lot of varied strengths to cope in the police force. People in general have lost respect for authority these days, which is a shame.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my article.

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      Sapphire Eclipse 

      11 years ago from Japan

      A very interesting read with cute photos. I wanted to work for the K9 Corps when I was younger but just didn't have what it took to join the police force. Still, I love animals.

    • cgull8m profile image


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Eileen, I am going to check it out.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Alexadry yes nowadays you may get help with fees etc.

      Cgull, You can do it part time, I believe they take on volunteers.

      donnaleemason. Oh I would think twice, maybe you be the one that ends up on skid row. the shelter. Good luck .

      Thanks everyone for stopping by

    • donnaleemason profile image


      11 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      In my next life, I want to come back as a dog. Preferably something furry.

      Great hub and great ideas. Almost wish I was young again.

    • cgull8m profile image


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I would love to work for pet shelter when I have time, my friend does a tremendous job rescuing these poor and abused animals.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      11 years ago

      I always had wished being a vet, but since I could never afford it, I had to take alrernatives: vet assistant and animal hospital receptionist. But being a vet was always my dream! Too bad it is soooo costly!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      topstuff, yes you have to start out somewhere, if you like working with animals

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      11 years ago

      These small jobs are easy to do and more good if taken as a part time job.thanks for giving a good list of job opportunities.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I am glad that It helps you to make a choice for working. thanks for stopping by

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      11 years ago from Toulouse, France

      I got cold feet when I was young an entering college about becoming a vet. Now that I am older I have terrible regrets about it. I'm not too old to go back to vet school but now it would be much more complicated. I am always looking for ways to work with animals. This gave really good ideas for working or starting my own business.


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