If you love your pets, then the idea of working with animals is almost certainly extremely appealing. There are a variety of careers that would enable you to do this. You could study to become a vet or a veterinary nurse. Perhaps you would prefer to work for the RSPCA, another charity or a boarding kennels? But what about starting a new career as a cat cuddler?
Never heard of a cat cuddler? Nor had we until an Irish veterinary clinic advertised the position recently!
The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Dublin is devoted to its feline clientele. So much so that it is now looking for a cuddler to spoil the kitties who are undergoing treatment and boarding at the clinic. The job is a full-time position and the clinic state that, “The ideal candidate must have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time”. The clinic wish to make sure that the moggies feel completely at home and so are looking for a candidate who understands cats’ behaviour and can sense their mood. The successful applicant will also boast a veterinary council of Ireland-recognised qualification. Damn!
The advertisement for the position was placed on Facebook and immediately whipped up a frenzy of interest from both potential applicants and the media – and Time for Paws of course! We don’t think it will be very long before the position is filled, do you?
But don’t be too upset if you miss out because there are many other interesting opportunities to work with animals. If more exotic creatures interest you, an internship at Swansea’s Plantasia Tropical Hothouse could be the perfect solution.
Plantasia is currently seeking two lucky people to take up positions as husbandry interns. This work will involve caring for the attraction’s varied species including a reticulated python called, would you believe it, cuddles! You would also spend time interacting with a water monitor called Haku and two tamarin monkeys called Boo Boo and Jeffrey together with a variety of exotic birds.
Sadly, these placements are voluntary. In other words, you don’t get paid! However, they could provide the experience that would land you paid employment in an exciting role at some point in the future. The two successful applicants will free up the animal technicians at Plantasia to make more educational visits to local schools and community events.
The Worst Species to Work With
The lack of remuneration may put off some potential candidates. But the biggest issue with these positions is the fact that those who land the internships will also have to deal with the people who visit Plantasia. Now there is a major challenge! They say that you should never work with animals but humans are surely the most challenging species to deal with. After all, reticulated pythons won’t verbally abuse you, argue, steal things and drop litter everywhere.