How do I make the switch to or embark on a career with animals?
Before you quit your day job, volunteer at your local shelter, veterinarian’s office, or zoo. Ask a dog trainer if you can tag along to learn the ropes. Everyone I interviewed for my book volunteered either before going to school or while they were in school. It’s the best way to know if a profession is right for you.
Whether you are a student or professional, most jobs working with animals require people with experience handling animals. That means you might have to clean cages at a shelter, veterinarian’s office, or zoo. This is an excellent way to meet professionals in the career you are interested in, learn about the job, and get your foot in the door for when a better position comes along. By volunteering you will find out if you really are game to work with animals.