Working with Animals

Animal Trainers

Working with animals

Animal Trainers 

Animal Trainers condition and maintain animal behaviors, and perform in shows for both private and education groups. Trainers maintain a healthy environment for show animals by cleaning holding and performance areas, preparing food, documenting health, and diet. Animal trainers have one of the most visible jobs within a zoological park


Keeper/Aquarist provides daily care to the institution's animals, including diet preparation, cleaning, general exhibit maintenance, and recordkeeping. Duties may include assisting with veterinary care, monitoring behavior, giving medications, assisting with demonstrations, and answering questions from the general public. 


Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the animal kingdom. Zoologists study animals and their interactions with ecosystems. Zoologists may study a particular species or group of species, either in the wild or in captivity. The duties of a zoologist may include tasks such as designing and conducting research projects, analyzing data, writing and publishing scientific reports, ensuring animal welfare, educating the public, promoting conservation efforts, and assisting with captive breeding programs.

Veterinarian & Vet Tech

Veterinarian is responsible for the healthcare program for the animal collection and the maintenance of health records. A veterinary technician assists the veterinarian and provides care to the animals his/her supervision. the job involves helping all types of animals live healthy and happy lives, provide routine and emergency nursing care. Employment for veterinary technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Zoo Curator

Zoo curators are involved with all daily decisions, developing research projects, and acquiring new animals for exhibits and breeding programs. Zoo curators may specialize further as curator of a specific group of animals, such as reptiles or hoofstock; exhibits; education; conservation; research; or as the general curator, supervising all other specialty curators.

Zoo Registrar

This position involves detailed record keeping for each animal in the zoo’s collection and completing the paperwork necessary by law to keep and transport zoo animals. Zoo registrars work closely with keepers and curators to maintain a comprehensive log of each animal’s behavior, veterinary history, pedigree, and dietary needs.

How can you work in a zoo? 

If you enjoy being around animals and have a drive to make a difference, a career in a zoo may be just for you. But, you need to have what it takes. From animal keeper or aquarist to curator you'll need to choose the right education program. You should begin by researching the various positions, the education and skill requirements, the job responsibilities, and the salary.



Depending on the the job, there are different requirements, but there is common thing required; a commitment to the welfare of animals and conservation of species.



Combination of academic study and practical learning neede to develop a range of academic and professional skills specific to the zoo industry, including knowledge of exotic captive animal management. 


Get Certified in for Career Advancement

Certification some time isn't mandatory, but getting certified displays expertise and extended training in the specialty. Gomplete an undergraduate degree program, internship and residency, along with obtaining a license and any certifications you prefer.


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