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Is A Pet Career Your True Passion?

3 Childhood Passions You Can Turn into Adult Careers

Become a Veterinary Assistant at Animal Behavior College

Many of us had passions as children that we long ago gave up on pursuing. Maybe those lofty childhood dreams just seemed too difficult to pursue in real life when we became adults, or maybe other things simply got in the way. Either way, too many people end up stuck in jobs they find unsatisfying, or even hate. According to Forbes, 44 percent of people in the U.S. are unhappy in their jobs. That’s no way to live your life. It’s time to reclaim your childhood passion and turn it into a career you’ll love. Here are three careers you can get into with minimal training for a more fulfilling and happy life. Anyone can do this—even you!

1. Teacher

Lots of kids play “school” with their friends, where one kid will be the teacher and the others will be the students. The child who plays the teacher is often interested in what teachers actually do in the classroom and model themselves after their favorite teachers. In fact, it is common for children to say they want to be teachers when they grow up, because it is one of the only careers they see every day. So many teachers helped develop your young mind, so it feels good to give the gift of learning to others.

Fortunately, today’s schools are looking for teachers. The path to becoming a teacher can be different in every state, and it is certainly different from many other traditional paths, according to teach.com. Many school districts today will hire people without education degrees to be teachers. Depending on the state, they are hired on a probationary basis and allowed to teach under temporary teaching certificates for up to two years. During these two years, they are supposed to take special training sessions with the school district and complete certain college courses to get their full certification. Many districts across the nation will even sponsor someone from the corporate world in their transition into teaching. It’s a remarkably easy field to enter and one so many people find fulfilling when they jump in to achieve their childhood dream.

2. Veterinary Assistance

What child doesn’t love animals? Most do, especially girls. Girls frequently express a love of animals of all kinds, or of certain kinds like dogs, cats and horses. It is not uncommon to hear a child say he or she wants to be a veterinarian when they grow up. A lot of these animal lovers back out of that dream when they discover the tough science curriculum necessary to become a veterinarian, or learn they will have to dissect animals as part of their training.

If the love of animals and the desire to work with them is still strong as an adult, animal lovers may seek out volunteer opportunities at shelters and animal rescue organizations. If their current job isn’t fulfilling, their love for animals can still be turned into a career as a veterinary assistant in just one years. At Animal Behavior College, we are passionate about helping animals & helping you find career training that suits your needs. Are yuou interested in a rewarding career working in an animal hospital or veterinary office? You can learn from practitioners and leaders in the field during our externship hands-on training. Veterinary assistants are in demand, with job opportunities for this career expected to see continual growth through 2020.

3. Librarian

If you were a child who loved to read and spent every afternoon at the library picking out new books, a career as a librarian could be just what you need to help you feel fulfilled in your career. The adventures in the books enticed you as a child, and took you on journeys you still reminisce about. You can get hired as an assistant at a library with little-to-no experience and get on-the-job training. For those who wish to become a head librarian and run their own library, there are online schools that offer degrees in library science (which are usually required for head librarian jobs). These degree programs can be done on your own time while you’re actually working in the stacks as a library assistant.

CEP Discounts at the Trade Shows are available from Animal Behavior College

Continuing Education Courses - Animal Behavior College

*CEPs must be purchased by attendees at the trade shows to be eligible for a discount.

 

At Animal Behavior College it is important to us to attend trade shows throughout the U.S. for many different reasons. Each show has specific industry experts and professionals that we love to connect with. Many times trade shows provide a great opportunity to build relations with new Mentor Trainers and be introduced to program instructional techniques that we can incorporate into the ever growing curriculum’s for the ABC Certifications. Trade shows are also a wonderful chance for industry career professionals to purchase Continuing Education Programs at a wonderful discount, up to 50% off.

After completing your certification consider one of the 6 great, Continuing Education courses offered by Animal Behavior College:

 

Continuing Education Courses offered by Animal Behavior College

Training Shelter Dogs

This Continuing Education Program (CEP) will teach you how to approach shelters and their staff, appropriately and professionally, to assist in identifying dogs with the potential to be adopted. You will be able to consult and advise them on defensive handling and safety, understanding shelter stress points and assessing canine behavior. This CEP will also teach you to demonstrate building drive in shelter dogs, pet health and consideration, labeling training goals and challenges, circumventing behavioral issues, training dogs for a family setting. You will be given the skills to:

  • Identify shy or fearful conditions
  • How to properly work with aggressive dogs
  • Charting and keeping records
  • Facilitating an assisting in adoptions
  • Act with ethical and professional conduct

This course will provide certified trainers with the knowledge and skills needed to start a shelter training program. You will have the ability to rate dogs’ social skills, how they handle tolerance, barrier aggression, food aggression, and resource guarded thresholds. These skills combined with the Assess a Pet & ASPCA Meet Your Match Safer tools, will enable you the trainer to become an ASPCA Tester for Shelters throughout the U.S.

The Art of Selling Private Lessons

Private in-home lessons are quickly becoming the most popular among professional trainers in the dog training industry. In this Continuing Education course you will learn how to out-sell your competition and develop successful training lessons every time. Your knowledge of how to obtain clientele and conduct efficient private lesson will assist you in maximizing your potential income as a dog trainer. This course will cover imperative topics such as:

  • Sales techniques and tips
  • Understanding communication styles
  • Diverse types of lesson plans and training packages
  • Developing your class routine
  • How to teach off-leash behaviors
  • Client compliance

The Training Shelter Dogs CEP will maximize your effectiveness as a professional certified dog trainer. Training Shelter Dogs also includes advanced tips for marketing yourself and your business locally in your community. This Continuing Education Program will provide you with an increased proficiency and aptitude in administering effective private lessons within a client’s home, at a local park or at your own facility.

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking

The Pet Sitting & Dog Walking CEP discusses how to properly work with and care for pets with fur, feathers, scales, and more. Topics range from identifying and understanding body language, canine, feline and avian behavior, basic nutrition an hygiene, creating mental and physical stimulation, building relationships with animals and the people who love them, personal and home owner safety, maintaining consistent scheduling, walking dogs calmly on a leash, building your clientele, sample client forms, insurance and more! Pet Sitting & Dog Walking are sought after skills that provide differentiation to any established pet trainer’s business.

Cat Management & Training

Many households have both a cat and a dog or multiples of them. Since cats out number dogs throughout the United States, learning how to manage and correct cat behaviors can be a profitable venture for pet training professionals. This course will teach you the proper socialization techniques for developing a healthy feline-to-trainer relationships, as well as feline-to-feline and feline-to-canine interactions. You will learn how to read and interpret feline body language and vocalizations. This course also teaches how to teach basic behavior training cues (i.e. sit, stay, come) and how to address problem cat behaviors like: scratching, spraying, and howling. This course will provide the trainer with the ability to teach cats “fun” behaviors, such as roll over, tightrope walk, hoop jumping, and more. having the skills to train cats is a big advantage for dog trainers and veterinarians. By completing this course you will gain invaluable knowledge necessary to help your client pet owners solve unruly cat behaviors and issues.

Pet Nutrition and Diet

This Continuing Education Program discusses basic nutrition, the regulations governing commercial pet foods, and the nutritional needs for both cats and dogs. In this course you will be taught to read pet food labels including the importance of:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Protective nutrients

You will also learn about the different types of diets (i.e. dry food, canned food, raw foods, and supplements) and how food can play a huge role in a pet’s behavior. After the competition of this CEP you will know how to educate your clients on providing their animals with the best nutrition based decisions for their pet’s age, weight, and health condition.

Pet Massage

The Pet Massage CEP gives pet groomers, dog trainers and veterinary staff the skills to calm each pet they interact with. The ability to soothe and calm dogs and cats through touch improves the human-animal relationship and promotes trust bonding. Pet groomers have the benefit of having a calm animal on their grooming table which allows them to move swiftly through the process of grooming without the problems that heavy-handed groomers experience. Veterinary assistants are able to minimize discomfort and pain, while helping pets recover from injuries and soothe the aches of the elderly. Dog trainers will have the ability to create a more positive training experience, because they will have an enhanced knowledge of canine anatomy and acute awareness of touch points. Pet massage is a growing occupation. The completion of this Continuing Education Program can also open the door to operating a profitable pet massage business. This CEP will cover information on:

  • General anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Principals and concepts of a pet massage
  • Setting up your work space
  • Preparing to administer a pet massage
  • How to develop a pet massage business

The Pet Massage CEP course also includes step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the details of a pet massage session, (for many animals of different species and size).

ABC enjoys meeting with our students, graduates and mentors at the trade shows. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet, greet, and obtain feedback on the programs from our students and Mentor Trainers.  In February 2014, Animal Behavior College will be attending the Western Veterinary Conference and the Groom & Kennel Expo.

*All CEP programs will be offered at a 50% discount to those attendees who purchase a Continuing Education Program at the shows.

Seven Tips for Problem Dog Behaviors

Dogs are just like people: mostly well-adjusted and a little neurotic… and sometimes equal amounts all at once! Accepting this fundamental conflict is part of being a pet owner. If your dog has their “less than perfect” moments that cause you a smile or a sigh… no worries. All dogs do. However, if your dog demonstrates more serious behaviors that cause you or anyone nearby to feel fear, uncertainty or Continue reading

Microchipping Your Pet

It happened in an instant. The gardener left the gate open and the family dog was lost. TWO years later and more than 3,000 miles away, someone clear across the United States positively identifies this lost dog by its microchip and successfully reunites him with his concerned family. An “amazing journey” in real life! Click the video below to watch this astonishing story.

Thankfully, stories like this are becoming more common because of microchipping: a system that combines technology and old fashioned database management to help lost pets of all kinds to be returned to their worried families. Is your pet microchipped? And equally as important, is your contact information current in the system? Click to read our guide. And, if necessary, call your vet and update your contact info today!

Veterinary Assistant – Job Highlight

Vet Assistants Can Work In A Variety Of Environments…

Veterinary assistants can find it a very rewarding careerWhether you’re enrolled in Animal Behavior College (ABC) Veterinary Assistant School or considering it, deciding where to work is an important step in your veterinary assistant career. A veterinary assistant can work in a variety of environments, including animal hospitals, animal clinics, kennels, doggie daycares and grooming facilities, to name a few. Perhaps one of the most rewarding places to work, however, is at a humane society.

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How to Pick A Healthy Dog – Choosing The Best of The Pack

How to Pick A Healthy Dog – Choosing The Best of The Pack

How to Pick a Dog

Are you wondering how to pick a healthy dog?

Animal Behavior College knows and shares the basics for selecting and choosing the best of the pack, whether it’s a purebred, a rescue dog, or from the litter down the street.  Of course, that’s not to suggest you wouldn’t want to adopt a ‘special needs’ dogs.  Some individuals welcome the opportunity to provide a loving home for less-than-perfect-puppies.  Yet, a pet owner still should understand what they are getting to reduce problems down the road.

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Veterinary Assistant Jobs – Tips on Landing a Vet Assistant Job

Veterinary Assistant Jobs – Tips on How to Get a Vet Assistant Job

Veterinary Assistant JobsAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal care and service workers have better than average employment prospects through 2016 due to an increasing pet population. This prediction is supported by data from The Los Angeles Times that shows the number of cats and dogs as pets increasing 2.4% in 2009 to reach 169 million. However, the long-term effects of the recession may temper that outlook somewhat, so it’s important for a veterinary assistant to set him or herself apart from the field in order to gain employment. The following tips can help jobseekers land animal jobs in a competitive market. Continue reading

Land a Job at an Animal Hospital

Land a Job at an Animal Hospital

Animal Hospital JobsWhether you’re considering a career as a certified veterinary assistant or are already enrolled in a program, it is important to explore the various job opportunities in your field and discover what it takes to land a job as a veterinary assistant. While they are many venues to choose from, here is a brief overview of the requirements and opportunities at an animal hospital or emergency center.

Animal hospitals and emergency centers hire both experienced applicants and recent graduates from veterinary assistant schools, like Animal Behavior College. Most applicants should have experience in general practice procedures. Although experienced is preferred, many hospitals are willing to hire and train ambitious, motivated veterinary assistants who demonstrate a desire to work and learn in a fast-paced environment.

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