Skip to Main Content

Animal Behaviorists

Tips for Entry

Find part time and summer jobs in settings where you have the opportunity to interact directly with animals as well as observing human-animal interactions. These jobs might be in zoos, sanctuaries, humane societies, or shelters.

Internships are a great way to get experience. Contact research facilities, colleges, universities, and veterinarians to find opportunities.

If you are trained as an animal behaviorist and want to work with companion animals, contact local veterinarians and dog trainers to discuss your expertise.

While certification is voluntary it illustrates professional expertise and will often give you an edge over other applicants with similar backgrounds. Contact the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) at to get more information.