As you gain exposure to various aspects of everyday life, working at an animal hospital, you may discover that you have a gift for managing the reception desk or for assisting with major surgeries. Uncovering your hidden strengths can help you determine what type of training program or full-time job to pursue.
7) Enjoy a variety of health benefits
“It’s no secret that spending quality time with an animal has numerous health benefits…Petting an animal relieves stress and lowers blood pressure, walking and playing with a dog keeps obesity at bay and bonding with an animal curbs loneliness and gives your life a sense of purpose.” Chrissy Spallone, One Green Planet
Many people are surprised to learn that spending time with animals can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. While you are gaining valuable experience in the animal health care field, you can enjoy improved levels of physical fitness and lower levels of stress.
8) Receive guidance from experts in the field
Volunteering enables you to work side by side with professionals such as experienced Veterinary Nurses or Animal Shelter Workers or Stable Hands. In addition to learning important skills, you will receive valuable guidance that can help you develop your career goals.
9) Meet your future employer
“Employers like to hire people who can demonstrate that they’re motivated and hard working, even if they haven’t been getting paid for their efforts lately. Volunteering can also provide you with an insider’s advantage if the non-profit has an opening for a paid position.” – Nancy Collamer, Forbes
Many volunteer opportunities can lead to full-time employment within an animal care facility. This makes for a smooth, seamless transition from unpaid volunteer work to a fulfilling career with a salary. If you are interested in working for the organisation where you are currently volunteering, do not be shy about sharing your dreams with your supervisors or management. After all, you already have your foot in the door and are making a difference in the lives of animals.
What should you do if you are interested in pursuing a career in animal care?
As described above, volunteer work provides an excellent foundation for career success in the field of animal care. If you would like to take your passion for helping animals to the next level, the best thing to do is reach out to Australia’s most trusted animal care training providers. For over two decades, Applied Vocational Training (AVT) has helped aspiring animal care professionals realise their dreams by providing the highest quality career training.
We invite you to contact us at AVT to discover why we are Australia’s leading provider of animal care career training programs. AVT is known for our innovative eLearning and on-campus programs that enable students to complete courses in animal studies and veterinary nursing either on campus or from the comfort of their own homes. We look forward to helping you transition from volunteer work to a rewarding career in animal health care.