Top 10 Coolest Jobs with PetsPublished December 15, 2008
Petside's Top 10 Coolest Careers with Pets
1. Pet Photographer 2. Pet Fashion Designer 3. Animal-Actor Trainer 4. Pet Treat Chef 5. Pet Writer 6. Veterinarian 7. Assistance Dog Trainer 8. Animal Care and Control Officer 9. Pet Shop Owner 10. Animal Welfare Lawyer
Pet photographers do both private sessions for pet owners and shoots for books, magazines and websites. Many pet photographers enjoy their work so much because they get paid to capture the energy and spirit of their animal models. Test your own photography skills on your pet and use the pictures to decorate your home or for your Christmas cards!
Pet Fashion Designer
With pet fashion expanding beyond just collars and leashes, the pet industry now includes pet clothing designers. There is even a Pet Fashion Week in New York dedicated to dog and cat couture. Many pet fashion designers got their start making clothes for their own pets, so try your hand at a sweater for your pooch and see where it takes you!
Animal-actor trainers work with the animals you see on TV, in movies and in commercials. They teach these animals everything from basic obedience skills to complex cues and tricks. If you're interested in becoming a trainer, a good way to start is to try a beginner-training workshop to learn basic behaviors and commands with your own pet.
Pet Treat Chef
Pet bakeries (or "barkeries") now create dog and cat friendly cookies, bagels, and even birthday cakes! Many treats also feature organic, kosher and human-quality ingredients. Try your hand at some simple treats at home with recipes for dog treats and cat treats on Petside.com!
Yes, it possible to make a living writing exclusively about pets! Pet journalists can write medical, behavioral and lifestyle articles for magazines and websites, as well as fictional and non-fiction books and stories. If you wrote a pet story or article you love, share it with friends and family or try pitching it to your favorite magazine or website.
These animal physicians get to spend all day helping and caring for animals! There are many different types of veterinarians including surgeons, pathologists and holistic vets. Becoming a vet takes a lot of hard work, dedication and schooling, but if you love animals it can be a very rewarding career.
Assistance Dog Trainer
Assistance dog trainers teach unique skills to specially chosen animals so the dogs can assist disabled people. There are assistance dogs for the blind and deaf as well as service dogs that can help with mobility or respond if their owner is having a seizure. If you are interested in becoming an assistance dog trainer, look for special training programs in your area.
Animal Care and Control Officer
Animal care and control officers usually work for the government and respond to animal related problems ranging from strays to animal abuse investigations. These officers make pets' lives better everyday by teaching the public good animal care and rescuing animals from dangerous and abusive situations. Officers usually take special government classes to train them for the job.
Pet Shop Owner
Pet shop owners get to be their own boss and sell great products for pets! Many new high-end pet boutique owners chose to carry designer pet accessories such as collars and carriers and expensive grooming products and clothing. If you want to own your own pet shop, try first reading a book about starting your own business to see what you'll need.
Animal Welfare Lawyer
Animal welfare lawyers work to help improve animal protection laws and ensure that these laws are being used correctly. It is their job to defend the interests of animals and to protect them using the legal system. Animal lawyers can also deal with cruelty cases, veterinary malpractice and animal custody cases. Animal law classes are now taught in 89 law schools across the country.
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