A Day in the Life: Animal Welfare Management
Career Opportunities in Animal Welfare Management
When you think about working with animals, what's the first career that comes to mind? Veterinarian? Zookeeper? Although these are common responses, the truth is that animals need assistance in a wide variety of settings. My name is Isabella, and I'm proud to work in animal welfare management.
I help out at the local animal shelter, but you could work at animal boarding facilities, veterinary offices, animal training centers, zoos, or animal sanctuaries. All of these places offer opportunities to use what you've learned about facility management, animal health and nutrition, client communication, animal ethics and law, and animal behavior. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that job opportunities for animal care and service workers would increase by 16% between 2018 and 2028.1
What's a Day Like for Animal Welfare Management Professionals?
I spend most of my day grooming, feeding, and exercising the animals in the shelter's care. I love seeing the animals' health improve and forming bonds with the animals. This allows me to determine what kind of household would be a good fit for each animal.
However, communication with other staff members and the public is equally important. Other volunteers and shelter workers look to me for guidance in animal care. I also inform the visitors about each animal's personality and individual needs. My goal is to ensure animals are matched with the right families so they don't end up in the shelter system again. Cleaning and administrative duties are also my responsibility, but the hard work is worth it when I see one of my four-legged friends going home with a loving family.
Although you may not decide to work in a shelter, all animal welfare management professionals should know the same basic skills. Your priorities are to care for the animals like family members, establish good public relations, and keep the facility safe and open.
Why Choose Rockford Career College?
You could complete Rockford Career College's animal welfare management diploma program in as little as nine months! The program is 100% online, allowing you to study at home on your schedule. It's great if you are juggling school with family, work, and other commitments. If you want to earn your associate degree after graduating, you could continue with Rockford Career College's animal welfare business management program. Also held online, this program could be completed in as little as seven months.
I haven't even mentioned the many free resources Rockford Career College offers its students. There's financial aid for those who qualify, tutoring, and computer labs. Career Services assists students in resume writing, mock interviews, and other steps in the job search process. The faculty and staff prioritize student success and make themselves available to help you in your career journey.
If you're ready to start your career training, contact Rockford Career College today. Call 888.680.6682 or submit the Request Information form online. It's time to change your life and animals' lives for the better.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Animal Care and Service Workers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/animal-care-and-servic...(visited August 27, 2020).
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