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The veterinary and zoology job path combines the working worlds of animal welfare and environmental science. The study of animal and environmental science is a vital part of animal care, as observational research and education on how animals live and behave can greatly impact the way that we understand them and, integrate with them and, ultimately, care for them.
The veterinary and zoology sector, although generally concerned with animal science, involves a range of different jobs, some highly academic, some scientific and some more practical. Veterinary professions incorporate those who work in veterinary practice, working mainly in animal health and medicine. Zoology professions involve all professions related to the general study of animals, including their habitats, their behaviour, how they survive and how we can help to protect them.
Professions in veterinary and zoology can work with all types of animals, from domestic pets, to British wildlife or exotic captive animals. Typical employers in this area include:
Whatever the employer, companies in veterinary and zoology areas are changing. Due to the Animal Welfare Act, veterinary practices have stepped up their care plans to ensure that confined animals receive the best possible care. More and more veterinary professions such as physiotherapists and veterinary nurses, that once did not have to be registered, are now moving towards a higher percentage of registered workers.
Education is a major part of many of the veterinary and zoology jobs, following the call for more public awareness about both the correct treatment of domestic animals and the conservation of wildlife. The veterinary and zoology workforce needs to give the correct care of animals and to promote the duty of care to others.
According to Lantra Sector Skills Council, there are more people visiting zoos and wildlife parks following an increase in the number of people holidaying in the UK. British zoos are evolving and changing in order to continue their commitment to conservation, and to generate high visitor numbers, the income from which is put towards the care of animals and endangered species. Conservation organisations are working hard towards raising awareness of British and international wildlife, educating people on issues of extinction, conservation and animal welfare.
Veterinary and zoology careers all have something in common: a keen interest in the animal kingdom, animal welfare and education. Gaining higher education qualifications in these professions is not always necessary but work experience is always vital.