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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Any animal nutritionists out there?

So ever since graduating high school 2 years ago, I've been trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and what job I want. I've been signing up for classes and then canceling! Several times I considered becoming a vet or a vet tech but thinking today I finally realized something that would probably be perfect for me and rewarding to me. To become an Animal Nutritionist. Ever since I got my puppy Maya in november I've been going nuts just researching different diets and researching all my other pets diets. I just absolutely love animals and I always wanted a job working with them. Nothing ever fit with me and nothing that I thought of really excited me. Just the thought animal nutritionist, now THAT is exciting to me. Anyways, I just thought I'd see if there are any animal nutritionists on here that could give me any advice on this and how they like it and such. I know this takes a lot of science and math and such, which is probably good for me anyways because those are my easiest learned subjects. Anyways, any advice would be great thanks!
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I don't know much about being a nutritionist but honestly... I don't think its what you're expecting. There would probably be very little actual working with animals, and what little you did work with them would probably be in a lab setting.

I DO have experience working at a vet though and if you really like to work with animals its a wonderful job! You can also call around a few clinics in your area and ask to shadow for a day or two to see what its really about.

I hate that the pay isn't all that great though because I really can't think of a single other job I'd want

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After working for a feedstore for a year, I'd dearly love to become a nutritionist! It IS fascinating--and you can do so, so much good in that field. It's so abused and ignored and swamped with misinformation. One caring person who DOES know animals, not just chemistry, can do wonders.


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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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So I've been researching stuff all day and I'm going to get a bachelors in science(biology). That is what it requires and I also researched maybe becoming a zoologist. Both require the same start which is the bachelors so I'll probably just start and decide which I want to do or if I want to do something else later. But at least I'm finally starting on something!! I didn't mean necessarily working with them, but working on anything to do with animals would be great for me. Lately I've been on the computer a lot just researching animal stuff. Diet, Nutrition, along with health and other wildlife type stuff. Whether I actually become either or not. At least I'll finally get some college in, and there are other opportunities. It's better than nothing!! I'm excited to start back up in school! Never thought I'd say that!
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I wish you could come to my college - it would be perfect for you! We have the faculty of agriculture and the school of dietetics and nutrition on the same campus - so I'm doing my degree in wildlife biology and I know they have lots of courses on animal nutrition, though unfortunately I don't have enough credits to take any. Hopefully you can find a place like that where you can go!

It took me two years after high school to decide to go to university. I've never, ever regretted it. Congrats on your decision!
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So I've been researching stuff all day and I'm going to get a bachelors in science(biology). That is what it requires and I also researched maybe becoming a zoologist. Both require the same start which is the bachelors so I'll probably just start and decide which I want to do or if I want to do something else later. But at least I'm finally starting on something!! I didn't mean necessarily working with them, but working on anything to do with animals would be great for me. Lately I've been on the computer a lot just researching animal stuff. Diet, Nutrition, along with health and other wildlife type stuff. Whether I actually become either or not. At least I'll finally get some college in, and there are other opportunities. It's better than nothing!! I'm excited to start back up in school! Never thought I'd say that!
Biology is a good choice. I study biology (taking a break now due to some moving and a pregnancy) and I've been able to choose subjects such as nutritional physiology, human physiology and zoo physiology during my education. Nutritional physiology is probably something that would interest you.
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I'll check it out thanks! I'm just so glad that I at least know what degree I want now. Though I'm glad I waited to go to school because I probably would have ended up doing something I didn't want to.
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