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Degree dilemma - which course?(3 Posts)
I am a mature student and my passion is animals. I have several level 3 qualifications in the subject as well as a foundation degree in canine behaviour.
Now, my dilemma is I really want to do a BSc degree in animal management as it seems a logical next step. However job wise there's not really any money to be made in the industry (unless you're a vet) and so it's kind of not going to lead anywhere.
I am thinking about doing a course which enables me to teach animal management at college, which I am already qualified for with the qualifications I already have.
The other degree I'm thinking of doing is a BA in Health and Social Care. Now, I'm not passionate about the subject bit it's what I do at the moment (animal jobs are scarce and it fits in nicely around my children). I enjoy the job and a degree in the subject allows me to progress, and I could become an NVQ/Apprenticeship assessor which are highly needed as there are so many health care assistants being trained every year.
Which degree do I do????
What about veterinary nurse? Would that be possible?
I have given veterinary nursing serious thought but apart from the fact that I can't find a part time course, and that the job itself is not very family friendly, there are some ethical issues that I don't think I could ever get to sit well with me.
Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act requires healthy and friendly dogs to be put to sleep and I'm not sure I could be involved in that. Especially as I campaign for a change in the law with a dog charity.
Vets are required by law to euthanise healthy animals on their owner's request. Again, I'm not sure I could keep my mouth shut.
Thirdly, surprisingly a lot of vets are not very understanding of animals' behavioural issues and can be quick to label fearful/reactive behaviour as aggression.
I'm not sure veterinary nursing is the profession for me.