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How to become an Animal Trainer

Posted on July 25, 2010. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: |

Have you ever wondered how to become an animal trainer.  You might be interested in small animal training like dogs, or exotic animal training like big cats or dolphins.

There are a number of avenues you could take to get your dream job.  The first thing to do regardless is get experience volunteering in an area you are interested in.  There are a number of places to consider volunteering, shelters, animal hospitals, or even rescue and rehabilitation facilities for animals like dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Education is key.  Most commercial facilities like Zoo’s and Aquariums require at least a 2 year associates degree.  Many prefer a 4 year Bachelors Degree.  Focus your studies on subjects that relate to your interests, the ocean, behavior, or psychology are all helpful for animal training.  There is also a facility in Moorpark, Ca that is a 2 year school for obtaining a degree in Exotic Animal Training.

Make sure you go the extra mile.  If you are interested in marine mammals, get your scuba certification and brush up on your swimming skills.  You will have to pass a basic swim and dive test.

If small animals are your thing.  Get a job working as a dog walker, or in a kennel or veterinary hospital to get lots of experience handling animals.  Take some classes with your own pets, and look into taking some classes for people.

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