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The Benefits of Helping People and Animals

The Benefits of Helping People and Animals

Animal lovers are often drawn to a career in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians work with animals every day diagnosing and treating animals of all types. No day is the same for a veterinarian and each animal patient will bring a new challenge and reward. Consider all of the positive and negative features of being a veterinarian before beginning a career in veterinary medicine.

A high salary is one of the positive features of being a veterinarian. Although the median salary for all workers was $33,840 in 2010, veterinarians earned $83,040 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10 percent of veterinarians who were highest paid earned more than $145,230 per year. In addition to earning a high salary, veterinarians enjoy expanding opportunities as the field is expected to grow faster than average. Overall employment for veterinarians is expected by the BLS to grow by 36 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Veterinarians seldom enjoy a typical 40-hour work week. Animal emergencies occur at all hours of the day, so veterinarians often work long hours that include nights, weekends and holidays. According to the BLS, more than 25 percent of veterinarians worked more than 50 hours a week in 2010.

Practicing veterinary medicine can be very emotional. Veterinarians witness firsthand when animals are sick and suffering. In some cases, you will not be able to save the animal you are working with. In addition, you will have to speak with concerned and emotional pet owners. This can be stressful and have a negative emotional impact. On the other hand, you will experience rewarding, positive emotional feedback when you successfully bring an animal back to health or deliver healthy babies.

Healing Hearts

Electrocardiograph (EKG) technicians, also known as cardiographic or electrocardiogram technicians, perform diagnostic tests to aid doctors in identifying and treating cardiovascular problems in patients. These tests help detect irregularities that may result in a heart attack or heart disease. Common duties include explaining procedures to patients, monitoring patients’ blood pressure and positioning patients. A great deal of these technicians’ work time may be spent standing, and they sometimes need to lift or turn patients. Some technicians employed in medical facilities work overnight, evenings or weekends. The following table presents an overview of what’s needed to become an EKG Tech.

EKG technician certification programs are available at several colleges throughout the country. These programs train students on using the EKG machine and practicing correct 12-lead placement on patients. Programs may also cover medical terminology, anatomy and legal aspects of interacting with patients. Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with EKG equipment and gain hands-on experience during labs.

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5 Career Paths For Animal Lovers

5 Career Paths For Animal Lovers

5 Career Paths For Animal Lovers

Do you consider yourself an animal lover? If so then maybe the thought of pursuing a career dealing with animals has crossed your mind. If you truly believe caring for and being animals is what you want to do then you must figure out what your exact niche is going to be. There are several careers out there perfect for animal lovers, but it is understood some are not meant for everyone. This is why you must narrow down your search to certain careers you can really see yourself in. For example, if you don’t like water then you shouldn’t go into marine biology! Here are 5 career paths that you should consider while determining where you want to end up:

Zoologist – The zoology path should really only be considered by the most determined. Taking classes and becoming a zoologist is no easy task and a lot of times it will test your limits, but the experience is truly rare. As a zoologist you have the responsibility of saving lives of endangered species by studying ecosystems, biological make-up, and working side-by-side with scientists to ensure the animals of this world have a bright future.

Veterinarian – Probably one of the most popular animal careers out there right now. Veterinarians are animal doctors who take care of diagnosing and treating all different types of animals whether they are companion, farm, and/or exotic animals. Being a vet can be a very demanding job, but it all depends on where you end up. The biggest challenges of being a veterinarian is definitely being around animals who don’t make it. Keep this in mind if are to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Zookeeper – As a little kid you might have dreamed about being a zookeeper; after all, who wouldn’t love to take care of and play with such zoo animals? As a zookeeper it’s your job to take care of the animals at the zoo. You must monitor eating habits, behavior, but also clean up after them which can definitely be a downside of the job, but in the end, you are a very important part of these animal’s lives. Being a zookeeper is truly a unique experience.

Marine Biologist – As I hinted above, marine biologists are all about water animals. As a marine biologist you study organisms who live under the surface. While you won’t spend very much time physically in the water as you spend lots of time in labs doing studies, reading, and analyzing data, being out “in the field” is a magical experience. Being a marine biologist means knowing all sides of science so be prepared to do lots of reading and studying if you want to pursue this path.

Animal Breeder – Having a vast understanding about genetics and conformation is crucial to being an animal breeder. Your responsibility is to continue the blood line of certain species of animals in a healthy, and efficient way. It’s up to you to get animals to breed and produce healthy offspring. More times than not this is in a farm environment as farm animals are valuable and need to be replenished. Also, breeding can take in into the competitive scene where you show off certain breeds. It’s a very unique career.

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