veterinary labs

camerakind  asked:

Hello! I'm a biology student looking to pursue a career with animals. I used to always say I would become a veterinarian, but I worry that I will burn out in vet school. My mom tells me that if I don't become a vet, my only other animal-related option will be to test on laboratory animals. I, of course, know that there are options in the zoological field, and I appreciate the things you've recently reblogged on the topic! Do you have any other career ideas to share?

You’ve absolutely got other options - there are lots of ways to work with or around animals that are not veterinary or lab work. Some options, in no particular order:

  • Zookeeping
  • Dog training 
  • Pet behavior consulting
  • Conservation research (could watch animals in situ, or work with reintroduction / outreach efforts)
  • Education (with a small company, at a zoo or aquarium, with a media company)
  • Wildlife rehabilitation (lots of veterinary-related work)
  • Science communication (newspaper writing, tv shows, internet blogging)
  • Veterinary technician 
  • Animal shelter work (multiple jobs, everything from kennel staff to adoption assistants to behavioral science and vet tech work)
  • Animal husbandry in non-zoo settings (sanctuaries or game ranches)
  • Farm staff (lots of manual labor in this one)

I’m sure there’s a whole bunch more, but that gives you an idea of the range. It really comes down to how much interaction you want with animals, what type of animals, and how much work it takes to get there. Jobs like in-situ research don’t give you much hands-on contact with animals because the goal is to keep them wild, and require more advanced academic work to get into, but are hella rewarding when you’re out watching gorillas or something. Shelter work lets you snuggle a lot more animals, although they’re mostly domestic, and doesn’t require much of a degree but also involves a lot of poop scooping. The more education-based jobs can have you around animals a lot, and sometimes in contact with them, but are not direct-contact focused and require a bit of a different academic background. 

Quick PSA

So today I just received news that no pet owner wants to hear: my dog has cancer. He’s always had this small growth on his shoulder that vets have always told us was just a benign growth and then a few months ago it started swelling until it actually started leaking. Again we took him to the vet, they tested the fluid and said it was benign and he would be as good as new once it was drained. It swelled back up again within a week or two. We switched vets and scheduled for him to have the growth removed. The surgery went well, he’s up and moving around like his normal self and he’s getting the sutures removed on Tuesday. They sent the growth they removed to the state veterinary pathology lab and they concluded that his growth was in fact cancerous. 

 We didn’t get the chance to talk to the vet for a long time since she was in between surgeries when we got the call but I should know more on Tuesday when I take him in to get the sutures removed. She did say that his prognosis looked good and she would be recommending a long term prescription for him but I didn’t get the chance to discuss with her if the cancer had spread or if we should be worried how long he has left. Again, I’ll know more on Tuesday. 

Sorry if this was all TMI but I feel like I needed to get this out there to help sort my thoughts out. I’m not a religious person but I would be forever grateful if you all kept Bailey in your thoughts and best wishes. He means the world to me and it’s hard to imagine him being gone. 


Dog presented with vomiting, breathing trouble and lack of appetite. The owner recently found out about him being heartworm positive. They were waiting on their income tax to come in to treat him.
I noticed a foul smell from the mouth with a lack of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Besides pale gums the dogs mouth looked great!
Doctor followed up and checked to see this tumor behind the epiglottis. Five year old lab mix. Rushed into surgery, removed it and the patient slept for 4 hours and woke up to inhale three cans of food.
Owners opted for histopath to analyze the mass. Both doctors agree on a preliminary diagnosis of malignant melanoma.
Dog is home safe for now!