Animal healthcare is one of America’s fastest growing industries. A career in veterinary medicine can be a chance for people of all ages to have rewarding recession-proof employment with good prospects of career advancement.


Hard Work and Enthusiasm Pay Off


Ricardo was in his 20’s and working in a pet food store when he was recruited by Kevin Harbonne to work at Chelsea Animal Hospital. Initially Ricardo was trained to hold dogs and cats for veterinarians while they performed their exams, but because of his eagerness to learn,  he was trained to assist with patient treatments under supervision of a licensed nurse. About 16 months after taking the job, Ricardo made the decision to enroll in the Mercy College Veterinary Technician Program, all the while keeping his job at Chelsea. The two-year degree boosted his CAH salary considerably and Ricardo was given more advanced nursing work to do at the practice. Today, ten years after his entrance into veterinary medicine, Ricardo manages two large veterinary practices in New York City with more than 40 employs and a salary close to 95K a year.


Veterinary Medicine is Growing and Recession Proof


Ricardo’s story is one of thousands. Year after year, the animal healthcare industry grows. It’s not just fueled by dog and cat owners eager to keep their furred family members happy and healthy, but by a world that needs a growing, healthy food supply. That means better and safer medications and vaccines, better livestock and pet foods, better diagnostic tools, and more specialized medicine. Animal healthcare is considered to be one of America’s most recession-proof fields.


Industry Consolidation Increases the Variety of Jobs Available


Though a college degree is helpful in advancing in the veterinary industry, there is still room for experienced, reliable workers, without degrees, to rise into high paying jobs as the industry continues to outpace the job market’s ability to provide employees. Currently the veterinary world is experiencing a period of consolidation. The shake up is creating more traditional jobs in animal healthcare (veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, receptionists, and veterinarians), but also new opportunities in HR, management, training, relief work, and sales.


Still, Not A Career For the Faint of Heart


Veterinary medicine is similar to its human counterpart. Sick patients are well…sick and tend to present with vomiting, diarrhea, and other unpleasant symptoms. Almost no job in the animal healthcare field is so far removed from the ‘healthcare’ part that employees don’t experience seeing and being around sick animals. If you’re squeamish in this area, your career options will be limited. Even receptionists are not immune. Many greet clients only to have a fresh stool sample placed on their desk in response.   It’s bagged of course, but it takes some getting used to.


Working With Animals: How To Find Employment


Individuals genuinely interested in a career in veterinary medicine can explore opportunities posted on Indeed, and Ihireveterinary. For those with experience and degrees in the field, look at job sites like VHMA and WhereTechsConnect . You can also fill out an online application to Brookfield. Occasionally we have open, entry-level positions and if you’re interested in being a part of our dedicated team, we’d welcome meeting you.