An Animal Behavioural Specialist studies a variety of animals, noting their behaviour in different environments and how their behaviour may change depending on environment, hormonal changes, physical and mental changes, and many other factors. There are many sub-types of Animal Behavioural Specialists, spanning many areas of Behaviour sciences. Each sub-type focuses on its own set of criteria for study, often lending aid to other sub-types as well.
An animal breeder is a person who breeds animals. These animals may be pets, farm animals, or exotic animals. Generally, an animal breeder is classified by what type of animal they breed. For example, they may breed cats, dogs, horses, cows, chickens, rabbits, or other animals. If someone breeds cats, they are generally called a cat breeder. If someone breeds dogs, they are generally called a dog breeder. This type of labeling system is used for all types of animals. Additionally, breeders may be further classified by what exact breed they specialize in. For example, a dog breeder that only breeds border collies would be considered a border collie breeder. There are nearly endless options as to what types of animals someone can breed.
A commercial fisherman is someone who catches and traps various types of marine life. The fish they catch are for human food, animal feed, bait and other uses.
Veterinary technologists perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or to help veterinarians diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals. They usually work in private clinics, laboratories, or animal hospitals.
Animal scientists work to ensure agricultural productivity and food safety. Most animal scientists work in research universities, private industry, or for the federal government. They work in offices, laboratories, and/or the field. Those working in processing plants may sometimes work in unpleasant conditions. Most animal scientists work full time. Many need at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution, although many get a doctoral degree.
For those with a connection to or love for animals, a job within the animal control field can be a perfect opportunity for employment. There are plenty of different jobs within this field that encompass many different areas of animal control. Some of the jobs within this field include animal control officers and attendants, investigators for animal cruelty, dog wardens and catchers, canine service trainers and humane officers. While not necessarily high-paying positions, there can still be great joy found within these jobs. Saving an abused animal from further harm can be a very rewarding experience. Animal control workers complete a variety of different tasks depending upon the area of employment. In the most basic description, they help control abandoned and unattended animals, investigate the mistreatment or abuse of pets, determine if an animal is dangerous or help to remove a dangerous animal. However, there are a multitude of tasks required for this career, depending on experience and the employer.
Zoology is a branch of Biology, a science that focuses on the study of animals. Zoologists study the behaviour, origins, genetics, diseases and life progression of animals and wildlife. There are a variety of different ways that a Zoologist can specialize and there are many diverse jobs in this field. A Zoologist may devote their lifetime to the study of a single species, or work can be more generalized.
A trapper is a individual who hunts and traps animals. Some trappers use humane methods to rid an area of a specific animal or to help assist hunters in the capture of animals. Other trappers provide animal pelts to buyers or collectors. Though some animal pelts are against the law to sell, many are not. Some trappers are professionals, but other individuals engage in trapping as a hobby. Most trappers grow up learning the necessary skills from an experienced trapper such as their father. Professional trappers must hold to certain laws and ethics to protect different species, especially those that are endangered.
Veterinarians are medical professionals who protect the health and well-being of both animals and people. They diagnose and control animal diseases and treat sick and injured animals. They also advise owners on proper care of their pets and livestock. When taking the Veterinarian's Oath, a doctor solemnly swears to use his or her scientific knowledge and skills "for the benefit of society, through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge." They provide a wide range of services in private practice, teaching, research, government service, public health, military service, private industry, and other areas.
Due to the wide range of professions available within the horse industry, an equestrian can be anything from a horse trainer and manager to an equine sports massage therapist. The common denominator between all positions is the hands-on working environment where horse care and training are an integral part of the daily routine. Equestrians prepare horses for competition in a variety of disciplines, manage equine diet and nutrition in preparation for breeding, and work with students of all ages to improve equitation. Each position in the horse industry is available in a variety of concentrations, or disciplines. Horse trainers, for example, may work in the fast paced three-day eventing discipline or choose the slower paced alternative of training horses for a lifetime of kid's lessons. Barn managers may choose the rigorous responsibilities of an elite dressage facility or a structured but less intense position at a therapeutic riding camp. The concentration chosen will depend on the horseman's area of expertise and preferred discipline.
Animal caretakers care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work. They work in a variety of settings, including kennels, zoos, stables, animal shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, and aquariums. Some of the work may be physically or emotionally demanding, and the number of work-related injuries and illnesses is higher than the national average.
Simply put, a marine biologist studies sea creatures. In practice, however, the field of marine biology is vast and encompasses many different specialties and career paths. Marine biology is a subset of Oceanography, which is the broader study of all aspects of oceans. Many marine biologists study several specialized areas of expertise, or disciplines, before settling upon one career course that suits them. Marine biology is a combination of general biology and oceanography. A marine biology graduate could specialize in studying large ocean animals, all the way down to microscopic organisms. Everything from whales to the plankton they eat, and everything else in between. Marine biotechnology, one of the possible specializations, involves developing and testing new drug treatments and protocols that are derived from ocean life. Another specialization is molecular biology, which is helpful in identifying microorganisms as well as diagnosing diseases that are caused by microorganisms.
Veterinary assistants look after non-farm animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the well being of animals by doing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, or veterinary technologists or technicians.