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How Should I Gain Experience With Other Species?

Jan 22, 2020 9:01AM

Hi there! I am a seventh grade student strongly considering avian and exotic pet veterinary medicine for a career. But, I have a problem. I’ve never really had a chance to handle and become accustomed to many exotic animals. At home, I have three precious dogs that I am very comfortable handling. After some research, I have found that I am increasing interested in cockatiels! I think having the opportunity to care for and maintain a different type of animal would be truly an eye-opening experience. But my parents most likely will not want to take in another animal (understandably). Does anyone have suggestions on how I could familiarize myself with animals other than dogs besides owning one?

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Dr. Chris Carpenter
January 26 - 10:01am

Hello! In chapter three of the Vet Set Go book we cover how to find a veterinary clinic to shadow at in your neighborhood. This would work just as well for exotic vets (although there are fewer of them). Please read that step-by-step guide and let us know how it goes!

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