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If you’re an animal lover looking to work in the agriculture industry, here are four careers that involve working with animals.

1. Animal health inspector

Animal health inspectors make sure animals on farms are kept in safe, well-maintained environments where they’re not mistreated or neglected. Most animal health inspectors hold college diplomas or university degrees in animal science or a related field. According to the Government of Canada labour market reports, the median wage for animal health inspectors is $29.74 an hour.

2. Livestock breeder

Livestock breeders use their knowledge of genetics to select breeding stock that will produce healthy, high-quality farm animals. The duties of animal breeders include choosing the right animals for breeding, administering medications and supplements and maintaining health and pedigree records. Many breeders specialize in a particular species and have diplomas or certificates in animal science or animal health. Animal breeders make a median wage of $19 an hour.

3. Livestock farmer

Most large livestock farms specialize in one type of animal — for instance, there are dairy farms, horse farms, poultry farms, apiaries (bee farms) and more. If you’re looking to manage your own livestock farm, obtaining a certificate or college diploma in agriculture, agribusiness or livestock production can help you obtain the skills you’ll need to be a commercial farmer. Animal farmers make a median wage of $19 an hour.

4. Veterinarian or veterinary technician

Many veterinarians and veterinary technicians specialize in providing medical care to farm animals like horses, cows, sheep and pigs. To become a veterinarian, you must obtain a degree in veterinary medicine from a university and a licence to practice in your province.

To become a veterinary technician, you’ll need to complete a diploma or certificate in the field.

The median annual salary for veterinarians is $85,074; veterinary technicians make a median wage of $17.31 an hour.

If you think you’re ready to devote your life to working with animals, investigate these opportunities to jumpstart your career.

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