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Working with Animals

  • Animal Keeper - Meet Juan Rodriguez, Animal Keeper of the Asia Trail at the National Zoo. He talks about his daily duties and sloth bears.
  • Bird Specialist - Ornithologist - Meet wildlife biologist Sarah Stock, who is an ornithologist (a person who studies birds) specializing in owls.
  • Dog Doctors - Choosing A Veterinary Career - What do you need to do to get into vet school? What are the duties of a veterinarian? Find out the answers here.
  • Dog Trainer - Meet Bridget. She's a canine handler with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She trains dogs to search and find illegal drugs.
  • Federal Wildlife Officer - Meet Gabriel. He is an officer that protects wildlife for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn about his tools and what he does on patrol.
  • Insect Conservation - Entomological Conservation Biologist - Learn about Terry Erwin's work with insects.
  • Insect Zoo & Butterfly Pavilion - Discover different insects and butterflies at the Museum of Natural History. Learn about a bug that hisses, how butterflies eat and why some grasshoppers don't hop.
  • Marine Biologist - Meet Chris Meyer, a scientist from the National Museum of Natural History. He talks about the ocean and his favorite animal the cowrie snail.
  • Marine Biologist - Careers in Marine Biology - Find the answers to your questions about how to become a marine biologist.
  • Marine Careers - Get introduced to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields.
  • Outdoor Careers - Conservation Connect - Video series that connects you with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and careers in protecting the environment.
  • Protecting Rivers and Estuaries - Meet an Expert - Read interviews with different educators and volunteers who help protect rivers and bays.
  • Sea Career Profiles - Find career profiles of different careers with corresponding lesson plans.
  • Veterinarian - Megan talks about her job with working dogs and why your dog's teeth need to stay healthy.
  • Veterinarians at Work - Over 3000 veterinarians work for the federal government. Federal veterinarians also have important jobs with the NASA, the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Veterinary Medicine.
  • Wildlife Biologist - Wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their environment. Learn about what it takes to be a wildlife biologist and how to protect wildlife animals.
  • Youth Engagement Through Science (YES) Program - Meet student interns from the YES Program, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Students get to work in museums and get hands-on experience, working with scientists, educators and researchers.
  • Zoo Keepers - Meet Kristen and Juan, zoo keepers at the National Zoo. They talk about creating natural habitats, how they train the animals and what you can do to get started.
  • Zoo Veterinarian - Meet Carlos. He is involved in the daily clinical care of animals in the Zoo’s collection at the National Zoo in Washington DC.

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