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Hi,
I am looking to get into a career with animals but I'm torn between whether to study Veterinary Nursing & companion behaviour or Zoology.
Any information about the difference in study and career opportunities would greatly help?
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Hi,
I am looking to get into a career with animals but I'm torn between whether to study Veterinary Nursing & companion behaviour or Zoology.
Any information about the difference in study and career opportunities would greatly help?
Thanks
Jen

One is a vocational course i.e it prepares you for a job and one is an academic one i.e you learn about the science and some applications. You have to work out which one interests you more and what you want to do. With zoology you may want to look at where grads from the unis you're interested in end up.
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Hi,
I am looking to get into a career with animals but I'm torn between whether to study Veterinary Nursing & companion behaviour or Zoology.
Any information about the difference in study and career opportunities would greatly help?
Thanks
Jen
There is a big difference between them. Zoology courses are usually not concerned with animal disease or animal husbandry; domesticated animals feature only incidentally. On graduation, you could consider a variety of science-related careers, but you'd have to do further training to move into the practical side of animal care.

On the other hand, veterinary courses will not discuss ecology, do much on evolution or the sort of things that feature on David Attenborough programmes!

The area of overlap in practical/post-degree terms might include animal welfare and public engagement. If you want to study something in-between, there are a few degrees which occupy that overlap - for example, Salford does Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology; Nottingham Trent does Zoo Biology; the University of Greenwich does a Foundation Science degree on Zoo Husbandry and Management....there are lots of others.
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I am in the exact same position! I did zoology for 1.5 years (the first year is core and I thought it would get better in 2nd war but it didn't) - I'm not stupid I knew zoology wouldn't be cuddling tigers and such but I thought I would learn more specific things but the main issue I had was that you need a PhD to get anywhere in zoology really... something you may be fine with but I don't feel like I could do. My core subjects included body systems, biodiversity and molecular biology then animal physiology, animal diversity, ecology and organismal genetics in second year. I enjoyed the physiology, kind of the ecology but the diversity I did focussed on squishy things (lophotrocozoa and sponges and stuff) and insects and things- not areas I had specific interest in and there was pretty much no focus on mammals. But like I said the main reason I want to change course is because of lack of jobs... I'm now in the process of applying to do veterinary nursing- I hope i will enjoy it more as it is more vocational and you can always develop your knowledge on areas of zoology in your own time. Plus you can become a veterinary nurse in a zoo which seems super cool
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