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    I've always wanted to work with animals, ever since I was little, and becoming a zookeeper has always been a dream, ever since I used to go to London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Safari Park, SeaWorlds etc when I was younger pretty much every week. My A-levels are Chemistry, Maths and Physics, and I have offers to study Chemistry undergraduate masters at top universities - something I intend on carrying out. However, I was just wondering some routes into Zookeeping?

    I've looked at the ZSL website, and they seem to suggest that I'd have to go in when I was 18 - once I've finished my A-levels, which doesn't interest me as I've always wanted to go to university. I was wondering if anybody has any idea what I could do to become a Zookeeper after a degree? Plus will a Chemistry degree be useful at all do you think? I hope to do some zoology ancillary's. Would I be able to specialise in something, such as becoming an anaesthetist for the animals, or would my Chemistry degree just go to waste?

    If you're here to tell me about how poor the money is, how long I'll have to train for etc, I don't really care, money in itself has never really interested me - as long as I'm able to pay the bills, and maybe have a week abroad once a year I'd be happy. And I've always enjoyed learning, so the training would be a bonus! So yeah, any ideas?

    TL;DR I want to become a zookeeper, after doing a Chemistry degree, any idea how to do this?

    PS. No idea which thread to put this in, so I put it into "Science". Mods can change as appropriate.
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    Two words: WORK EXPERIENCE.

    I've been on the 'animal route' since leaving school and have seen a fair few friends go into zoo keeping.

    You need to decide on an area you are interested in. Big cats? Primates? Reptiles? African mammals? Birds?

    Then you need to get some unpaid work experience or voluntary work in a zoo. This isn't always easy, and a lot of zoos require you to apply like you would a job. It's looking at where you are interested and enquiring with them directly.

    I have one friend who got a job at Colchester zoo with just a few weeks work experience and a national diploma in animal management. Another has been working part time, voluntarily at Paradise park (Herts) for two years and has only just been offered paid work.

    Qualifications I.e. animal management, science or welfare can be a good way to strengthen your application, but you would need to check requirements with each individual zoo.

    Best of luck!
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    (Original post by Clioashlee)
    Two words: WORK EXPERIENCE.

    I've been on the 'animal route' since leaving school and have seen a fair few friends go into zoo keeping.

    You need to decide on an area you are interested in. Big cats? Primates? Reptiles? African mammals? Birds?

    Then you need to get some unpaid work experience or voluntary work in a zoo. This isn't always easy, and a lot of zoos require you to apply like you would a job. It's looking at where you are interested and enquiring with them directly.

    I have one friend who got a job at Colchester zoo with just a few weeks work experience and a national diploma in animal management. Another has been working part time, voluntarily at Paradise park (Herts) for two years and has only just been offered paid work.

    Qualifications I.e. animal management, science or welfare can be a good way to strengthen your application, but you would need to check requirements with each individual zoo.

    Best of luck!
    I'm definitely interested in primates, but I'd say small mammals are my primary interest - Echidna's are my favourite animal, no idea why though. I do have a number of local wildlife areas, such as Whipsnade and Woburn Safari Park - is it worth me trying at Whipsnade as it's ZSL though?

    That does sound like a long time, but as it was part time, I'm happy to undertake not so good jobs just to get the experience for a few years as it will all be worth it in the end.

    Although it's not in a zoo, I work part time in a Pet Shop, do you think that would add anything to my application? I know it's not much, but I think it might be worth a bit!!

    As I said, I'm going to do Chemistry, with some Biology ancillary's (modules you do to pass, but don't get as part of the degree?), so hopefully that'll give me some other qualifications in the end!

    Thank you so much for replying anyway
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