“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Adams
As teachers, you know that your influence can be far beyond what you anticipate. Your actions and words can have a great impact on a student’s character, actions, and ambition. Did you know that a classroom pet can affect a student as well? In previous blog posts, we have discussed the ways that classroom pets can affect students and the positive impact they can have on a child’s life. But did you ever think that a classroom pet could also help shape a student’s life in a more direct way?
Having a pet in your classroom may inspire some of your students to think about careers in animal care. Interaction with a beloved animal may spark an interest that could have otherwise gone unnoticed. By encouraging students to explore their animal-passion, you may help them uncover a future vocation – from veterinarians to veterinary assistants, to pet groomers and trainers, to name a few. Encourage your interested students to find out what it takes to pursue a rewarding career doing what they love, and consider scheduling time for various pet professionals to come in and speak to your students about their career.
Here are some of the basics to get your students thinking about careers working with animals. Veterinarians help pet owners keep their pets healthy and treat sick animals. Veterinarians are always learning, because they need to keep up with new technologies, treatments and illnesses. They not only work with animals, but they work with people as well, explaining pet care and treatment and educating pet owners.
Veterinary technicians and assistants work with veterinarians as a part of their team to care for sick animals and make sure the clinic runs smoothly. Sick or injured animals may stay in the animal hospital and require cleaning, feeding, medical care and attention. The veterinary staff helps make sure animals are well-cared for, as well as assisting the veterinarian with surgeries, dental procedures, diagnostic tests and well-visits.
Groomers aren’t just working to keep pets pretty, they can be an important part of keeping a pet healthy as well. Groomers help keep pets clean and free of parasites and mats, and can help treat skin conditions, too. Groomers also clip nails, brush teeth and keep ears healthy and clean.
These are just a few of the pet-related careers students might consider – have you had any students show interest in animal care as a future career path?