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Animal Shelters and Veterinary Offices

More comfortable around dogs than people? Investigate a career working with animals by volunteering. "Local animal shelters and vets are a great place to start looking for opportunities," says Chad Mouton, special events coordinator of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That's what 14-year-old Susie Liebler did in Exeter, New Hampshire. This summer she'll be shadowing a horse vet. She'll learn about the equipment that he uses and about different animal ailments and treatments. When she's not busy doing that, she'll be working in a vet's office: answering phones, escorting animals in and out, and cleaning the kennels. Don't expect to be training dogs on your first visit, though. Mouton says, "In most cases teenagers must be over 18 years old to actually 'handle' the animals."
Interested in this kind of opportunity? Look up veterinary offices and animal shelters and hospitals in your area. Ask to speak to the office manager or veterinarian to see how you can help.

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