Careers with Animals

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Educators and parents won’t want to miss this opportunity to turn a young person’s passion about animals into a lifelong calling. This outstanding book features an overview of the animal care profession, including education requirements, in-depth interviews with members of specific professions, "Day in the life" narratives, self-examination questions, resources to research the profession, and tips on activities to do now, even in elementary school.

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Overview

Educators and parents won’t want to miss this opportunity to turn a young person’s passion about animals into a lifelong calling. This outstanding book features an overview of the animal care profession, including education requirements, in-depth interviews with members of specific professions, "Day in the life" narratives, self-examination questions, resources to research the profession, and tips on activities to do now, even in elementary school.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation’s largest protection organization. They address a full range of animal issues—from pets to wildlife. Introducing children to humane concepts is a critical part of the HSUS’s mission to create a truly humane society. Willow Ann Sirch, former writer and editor for KIND (Kids in Nature’s Defense) News, has long been interested in eco-defenders, animals, and the environment. She is the author of Eco-Women: Protectors of the Earth and a graduate of Brown University. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her family.

Describes various careers dealing with animals and the education and training necessary for such jobs as veterinarian, pet trainer, wildlife rehabilatator, humane investigator, photographer, and naturalist.

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For young people who love animals, this title suggests over 30 careers that involve working with them in various ways. Careers at animal shelters, for example, include humane educator as well as disaster relief specialist; the section on careers in veterinary medicine covers wildlife vet and large animal vet, among others. There are careers working with pets, like obedience trainer; careers working with wildlife, from biologist to wildlife rehabilitator and naturalist; careers in the arts, like photographer and video producer; and specialty careers, like lawyer, lobbyist, and humane landscape designer. This will broaden YAs' perspectives, and the profiles of people working in the various fields will give them a sense of what the various jobs entail and what training is needed. B/w photos depict the professionals and the animals they work with. The book includes "self-examination questions," to help think about whether a career would suit (you need to be physically strong to be a large animal vet, for instance), and resources such as organizations, Web sites and books to help research it, along with ideas on volunteering. A valuable resource for YAs who want to work with animals. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, Fulcrum, 186p, illus, index, 26cm, 99-086735, $16.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
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For many youngsters the idea of working with animals is a very attractive. Yet, beyond being a veterinarian, many children and adolescents have few ideas of ways in which they can combine their love of animals with earning a living. In this book, a wide range of possible vocations involving domestic and wild animals is presented to the reader. Options involving working in animal shelters, veterinary medicine, working with pets, undertaking wildlife study, and wildlife related artistic endeavors are each presented in some detail. Each job is presented by describing the work and experiences of a real person in that field. For example, an animal disaster rescue specialist details what needs to be done in cases of flooding or hurricane. In another instance, a wildlife photographer describes how he selects marine mammal subjects and the effect his work has had upon him. In each separate job area a series of questions are presented that address the specific characteristics required to work in that field. Additionally, resource books, web sites, and contact addresses are provided for those readers interested in looking further. All in all, this book provides a wealth of information concerning the options available for those intent upon a career involving service to our wildlife brethren. As such it has a place in either a career library collection or a science classroom. 2000, Fulcrum Publishing, Ages 10 up, $16.95. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555914080
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/16/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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