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Resources in Animal Related Careers

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There are many and varied career opportunities available for those interested in working with animals. The following is a list of resources you may use in your efforts to find additional information about careers that are interesting to you in an animal related field. Your local bookstore and library should have further resources such as a list of colleges that have courses in animal fields.

Resources in Animal Related Careers



Shorto, Russell. 1992. Careers for Animal Lovers. Choices: The Millbrook Press: Brookfield, Connecticut.

Hurwitz, Jane. 1997. The World of Work: Choosing a Career in Animal Care. The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.: New York, New York.

Miller, Louise. 1991. Careers for Animal Lovers & Other Zoological Types. VGM Career Horizons, a division NTC Publishing: Lincoln, Illinois.

Barber, Kim. 1996. Career Success with Pets. Howell Book House, A Simon & Schuster/Macmillan Company: New York, New York.

Sirch, Willow Ann. 2000. Careers with Animals, The Humane Society of the United States. Fulcrum Publishing: Golden, Colorado.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This website offers a detailed description of the nature of these animal related careers, the work involved, the training and educational requirements needed, the earnings, the working conditions, and the outlook for the future of the career.


American Association for Lab Animal Sciences
9190 Crestwyn Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125
Provides information to students, teachers, and parents on responsible laboratory animal care and use in research, testing, and education.

American Association of Zoo Keepers
635 S.W. Gage Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66606
Dedicated to animal care and conservation. Supports promotion of zookeeper education, provides information on zoo keeping as a career, and links to other organizations.

American Boarding Kennels Association
1702 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Offers information on training courses, educational materials and publications.

American Society of Animal Science
1111 N. Dunlop Avenue
Savoy, IL 61874
Offers a student center with career information, college programs and links.

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road-Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Provides information, a list of U.S. Schools and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, student organizations and a kid’s corner.

American Zoo and Aquarium Association
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710
Spring, MD 20910-3314
Offers resources, materials and list of zoos and aquariums in the U.S.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers
66 Morris Avenue, Suite 2A
Springfield, NJ 07081
Committed to increasing public awareness through education and training techniques.

International Marine Animal Trainers Association
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Provides information about marine mammal science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation and education.

North American Veterinary Technician Association
P.O. Box 224
Battle Ground, IN 47920
Offers information and resources for individuals thinking of a career in veterinary technology. Site also includes a list of over 70 college programs in the U.S. accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

National Animal Control Association
P.O. Box 480851
Kansas City, MO 64148
Offers information, workshops and training for individuals pursuing a career as an animal control officer.

National Association of Pet Sitters
1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 870
Washington, DC 20005
Dedicated to advancing the pet sitting industry and offer information on certification.

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
14 North 7 Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Maintains, develops and distributes information on the rehabilitation and care of wild animals and how to become a wildlife rehabilitator.

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