How to get into Comparative/Animal/Ethological areas of psychology?

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I'm in my second year of a Psychology degree, and have been thinking about pathways.

In cognitive neuroscience we've been looking at the cognitive abilities of animals, which I think is something that I'd be really interested in; comparing the abilities of humans to animals, etc, seems really cool.

I'm wondering about whether there are opportunities in these areas after graduating, but I don't know how to get them.

Most of the people on my course bang on about wanting to be a clinical or forensic psychologist, which have clearly illustrated pathways, but they no longer interest me.

If I wanted to keep doing psychology orientated around animals, how would I go about it? I can't seem to find any clear information on it. Would a neuropsychology pathway be apt for example? Is there a post graduate course specifically on animal psychology?

Any help is much appreciated.
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I'm in my second year of a Psychology degree, and have been thinking about pathways.

In cognitive neuroscience we've been looking at the cognitive abilities of animals, which I think is something that I'd be really interested in; comparing the abilities of humans to animals, etc, seems really cool.

I'm wondering about whether there are opportunities in these areas after graduating, but I don't know how to get them.

Most of the people on my course bang on about wanting to be a clinical or forensic psychologist, which have clearly illustrated pathways, but they no longer interest me.

If I wanted to keep doing psychology orientated around animals, how would I go about it? I can't seem to find any clear information on it. Would a neuropsychology pathway be apt for example? Is there a post graduate course specifically on animal psychology?

Any help is much appreciated.
Unless you want to be a zookeeper the only way is to get into research. There isn't really a mainstream area of professional psychology related to animals, although you can do animal behaviur courses more oriented towards practical aspects (e.g. if you wanna train dogs).

So you would have to do a phd in animal cognition then try to be a lecturer, professor, etc. A good first step is to apply for a research masters in psychology or animal cognition/behaviour, or you can apply directly for a phd. St andews, exeter as well as oxbridge are quite good in this area.

Some good books on this topic are here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Lear...imal+cognition
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Introductio...words=ethology
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Handbook-Co...imal+cognition
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Cog...0DEK42BBZA3TCQ

Oh, and ideally try to do 3rd year dissertation in this area!
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