|Who wouldn't want to do this?? |
Photo provided by Bridget Walker.
|Snuggles! Photo by Jenna Buley.|
|Awww... as tempting as it is to pick up an adorable baby skunk, |
don't do it unless you are a trained and licensed wildlife rehabilitator
(like this woman is). Image by AnimalPhotos at Wikimedia.
Once your foot is in the door, you can move up the ranks into more exciting and fulfilling positions. Keep in mind that employers and veterinary schools are looking for both breadth and depth when it comes to animal experience. Having experiences at a variety of different places with a range of species will make you more competitive. Also, you want to stay in the same place for a long time (months to years) to gain the depth of animal-handling knowledge that employers and vet schools are looking for. But, if this is the career path for you, you may not want to leave anyway.
For more advice on working with animals, check this out.