104: Animal Careers

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Veterinarian

“I love figuring out why animals are sick and helping them feel better. Being a veterinarian can be hard sometimes, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else!”

Veterinarians are doctors that treat animals. They diagnose illnesses, perform surgeries, and do regular check-ups to make sure animals stay healthy. Veterinarians can decide to help companion animals like dogs and cats, or work with horses, livestock, invertebrates, fish, or exotic and zoo animals.

To become a veterinarian: complete the required coursework to get accepted into a veterinary college, graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, plus obtain a state license.

Veterinary Technician

“I love helping animals, and as a Vet Tech, I get to provide care for animals and comfort to their owners.”

Veterinary technicians work with veterinarians to provide care to animals. They often see an animal before the veterinarian does to do a check-up, give vaccinations, and identify immediate needs for the animal. Vet techs form close relationships with animals and their owners, and like veterinarians, they can choose which types of animals they want to help—from tarantulas to elephants!

To become a vet tech: complete a 2-year vocational program and become licensed.

Animal Behavior Specialist

“Making sure the animals in my care are emotionally, mentally, and socially healthy is what inspires me every day.”

Animal behavior specialists study why animals do what they do. They work to understand what causes and motivates animal behaviors, and how animals learn from their experiences. Behavior specialists may observe animals in their natural habitat, train animals that live or work with humans (like horses, dogs, and cats), or provide relevant enrichment for animals in zoos.

To become a behavior specialist: complete a college degree in biology, psychology, zoology, or animal science.

Wildlife Biologist

“Learning from animals and protecting them and their wild spaces is what I love about my job!”

Wildlife biologists study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts that humans have on wildlife and habitats. They guide how animals and humans can coexist by understanding the needs of animals and how those align with human needs. Wildlife biologists may work as park rangers, wildlife managers, or as researchers for colleges and universities

To become a wildlife biologist: get a degree in a science, such as wildlife biology, conservation, or management.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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