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Animal Behaviorist

Do you think you know why animals do the things they do? You might be a future animal behaviorist. Animal behaviorists, also called therapists, observe animals' behaviors and environments. Then they develop strategies for "normalizing" their behaviors. For example, if someone's dog exhibits strange or difficult behavior, an animal behaviorist might come into the home and observe the animal as well as its owners and try to figure out why the dog is doing what s/he is doing. Animals can also serve as therapists; behaviorists bring them into hospitals and nursing homes to reach patients who are withdrawn or as a reward for making progress.

Education Required: PhD is generally required