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Animal Behavior Major?

littlesooyon92littlesooyon92 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
edited October 2012 in Other College Majors
I keep researching deeply regarding what I want to major in.

It used to be a list of over 10+ categories/majors but I have narrowed it down to 2.

Working with Children or Animals.

I have a passion for both and have also worked in both environments.

Although, kids used to be my top choice... I actually started
volunteering at an animal shelter and fell in love :)

I cannot believe how happy it makes me feel just to wake up at 6:30 AM
to see the dogs and clean their poop and kennels.

I do not do the fun stuff where I get to play with dogs but even cleaning
their kennels and seeing them through the gates makes me happy.

I have always wanted to become a Vet as my first choice as a kid but
I do not want to go into the Medical field.

I am not so sure about research/science field either but when I think about it-
I actually love learning new things everyday and someday plan on getting
a Ph.D, depending on what I major in.

Now, I pushed aside my passion for animals because I thought the only thing
you could possibly earn a decent living out of was being a Vet.

I learned about Animal Behavior as a major and even Animal-Assisted Therapist
as a career which sounds kind of interesting!

Here are my choices that I am looking at as a career:

- Animal Behaviorist (eventually teach at a U or something)

- Wildlife Rehabilitator (need to look more into that career)

- Animal-Assisted Therapist (would love to help people through animals)


Those are my top 3 I have chosen briefly.

Now, here is the biggest problem of them all in choosing the right major
for myself.


I haven't taken a science class in over 3 years, therefore I can't recall if I
was just BAD at science or if I did not like science at all.

I will be taking a science course hopefully within the Fall semester but until
then, I have some pondering to do, about my future career.


Is it possible, well I know anything is possible, but is it going to be too much
if I go into a science major if I am bad or dislike science?

I mean if I think about it, I like the idea of science, it's just that sometimes
I don't understand it.

And I do know for a fact, I can always have someone help me by tutoring or
getting help from friends and family.


Should I pursue this major/career even if it will be a bumpy path for me?

BTW, if anyone has information or previous experiences with majoring in an
Animal Behavior related field, please share your details:D
Post edited by littlesooyon92 on

Replies to: Animal Behavior Major?

  • MissGenMissGen Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    Look into the EATM program at Moorpark if you're interested in animal behavior. It was what I was going to do.
  • littlesooyon92littlesooyon92 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    @MissGen, Thanks, I will look into it but I actually attend Los Angeles Pierce College :/

    I don't know if I should transfer or not.

    Since I am not 100% sure I want to go into this major.

    But I will definitely look into it:D
  • StefanTheRipperStefanTheRipper Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    I'm in the same position as you are! I also recently found out Animal Behavior as a major and I am considering changing my major.
    I just want to do what I'm interested in but I'm worried about what I can do with the major until I saw your post. I like your idea for Animal-Assisted Therapy! That sounds like something I might be interested in.
    I also volunteer at an animal shelter and like picking up their poop :) It's very rewarding for me and gives me happiness that many other people think weird. I'm glad we share so much in common!
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