Nearly 60% of American households own a dog, cat or both. Many have more than one and most consider their pets as family members. These pets enjoy pretty much every privilege as the children and in many cases if their owners are single or childless; they are the children. They become inseparable members of the families, going on vacations, sleeping in the same beds as the children, taken to schools for training, receiving quality medical care, grooming, exercise and even health supplements from places like DrKruger.com.
American’s love and devotion to their four-legged family members created a $53 billion dollar industry in 2012. This number exceeds the GDP of all but 64 nations.
This industry has been overlooked by college students when considering their future careers. When it comes to the pet industry, a veterinarian is often conjured up in one’s mind, but there is a wide variety of services that support the pet care industry. For many students, a career path in the pet industry may be an excellent choice.
Veterinary programs are generally less demanding and easier to enter than human medical programs and the cost is significantly less. However, if 8 years of schooling to become a veterinarian is too expensive or too time consuming; consider a degree as a Veterinary Technician. This community college program is designed to prepare students to assist with the technical aspects of modern veterinary practices and other animal related fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Veterinary Technician careers are expected to grow much faster than average. Another option is Veterinarian pharmacology which, like the veterinarian technician, is less demanding that Veterinarian school. Both of these choices make attractive options for those who want an affordable education and the joy of working with animals.
Once you step beyond the field of animal medicine, there are pet grooming, pet nutrition, diet and supplements and pet training. All of these career choices can be achieved in 2 years or less.