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?