Although the prospect of 11 to 12 years of education may not be what you can commit to, the best way to start a career caring for animals is to become a veterinary technician, or vet tech. Requirements vary from state to state.
Here’s a Glamorous Choice
Sure, you might obtain a job at a veterinarian clinic, but your duties will be limited to most likely cleaning – cleaning the office, cleaning the animals, cleaning up mostly animal waste. A lot of time wearing plastic gloves and smelling, well, smelling rather like animal waste. Obtaining a job in the veterinary field where you have a direct impact on the quality of medical care provided calls for training.
You Need to go to School
But, unlike the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) you might eventually work for, you don’t have to spend half your life learning before earning. A minimum two-year program at an accredited school will provide you an education, an Associate’s degree and entry to the world of a veterinary technician.
Then you won’t be limited to cleaning out cages.