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05 June 2006 @ 10:02 pm
 
I'm currently looking into relocating closer to my boyfriend, and I realized there's a PetSmart near him. I've never worked with animals professionally, but I hope to go back to school eventually to major in animal care. Its tough finding work with animals when you're professionally inexperienced. I was wondering what kind of experience you need to work as a pet care specialist, and what kind of things it involves? Thanks! :)
 
 
 
elcewaelcewa on June 6th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
You need no experience. You don't even need to be a high school grad. On top of that, I don't think I'd even say that Petsmart really counts as real experience in the animal industry. Customer service? Sure. Retail? Sure. Scrubbing fishtanks and squirting dri-tail down hamster's throats? Not so much.

If you're looking for experience that actually gives you experience, drop off applications at groomers, vets, training centers, and boarding kennels. At least you'll familiarize yourself with canine body language and the like.
Pocket Full of Rainbowsmiss_meliss_a on June 6th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
I've tried, and will continue to try. Thank you for the info.
(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Pet Care Specialist
Join the U.S. Army and become a Pet Care Specialist. All th experience you need!
(Anonymous) on July 14th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I just started at Petsmart last week and I am working in Pet Care you have training workbooks and they will train and teach you what you need to know. I just finished my week worth of training and next week I am going to be handling the animals and learning how to open. I haven't even finished all of my work books they are rather extensive but have a lot of good info in them. Good Luck hope all goes well :)
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I have worked at petsmart for 2 years and been in pet care for about 6 months the books have great info in them but not everything you need to know. I came to petsmart knowing a lot from just having the animals and working at vet hospitals. I recommend putting in applications at vet hospitals as a kennel worker, you take care of the animals before and after sugary and clean the hosp. Its a thankless job but you learn a lot from it and if the doctors are nice enough they will take the time and teach you a lot about the animals and why they are their. The techs will also help teach as well. If you ask the questions and are very willing to learn you will get the answers there. If you do work at a vet hosp and they are unwilling to answer your questions find another hosp there are good ones out there but they are tough to find. Also you have to prove you are a good worker before they will answer your questions, you need to get all of your work done on time and do every thing they ask. When I worked at Newark Vet Hosp I worked there about 8 months before any one would teach me something new or take me aside and show me more ways I could help the techs out to make their job simpler. I always finished my work early in case the doctors needed me to do something extra and always made sure the exam rooms had every thing they needed and never ran low on anything. If the Alcohol bottle, peroxide bottle, the cotton balls the q-tips anything were just a little bit low I filled them. If the floors looked dirty I swept them even if I just did it. If a dog walked in with dirty feet I grabbed the mop before any one could ask me. Just a few tips to help you out I hope you find a job at a vet hosp they will really help you out a lot! Petsmart will teach you more about fish and hamster care but not the info your looking for.