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Old 27.10.2011, 13:28
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Interested in a Vet-related Career

Hello and good day to all.
I need guidance on how to pursue my dream to work with animals(pets) here in CH. Right now im just a housewife undertaking German classes but looking to be employed after having my second baby. Im due in February. Im only asking if anyone of you knows what i should be searching for as of now. My husband tells me i can start a "training" (usually opening in August, baby would be weaned by then) where ill work half the time (tierheim maybe) and study half the time. Im not really familiar with this system, to me it sounds like an apprenticeship. What exactly would they call this arrangement here in CH? What are the requirements? Hopefully my Deutsch(A2 now) would be good enough by then. Im willing to take up courses but im not really after a 4-yr degree. Im also ok with starting as a volunteer.

Ive been reading posts of animal lovers here and alot of you are very helpful and informative when it comes to pets and i hope you can help me find info/authorities who i can approach, shed some more light on the topic. Thank you.
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Old 27.10.2011, 13:32
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Re: Interested in a Vet-related Career

Here's a website that might help, sorry it's only in german.

http://www.tierpfleger.ch/
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Re: Interested in a Vet-related Career

Stephanie, from BB's link, perhaps the FBA (Fachspezifische berufsunabhängige Ausbildung) might be the way to go - or at least a good start.

This is the less-intensive of the animal care courses, and it would allow you to work commercially in animal care (for fewer than 19 animals). This is not enough to work as a vet assistant, nor to run a Tierheim, but you'd be able to build experience in the field which might perhaps pique your interest in further possibilities.

The FBA is a shorter course and includes an internship (unpaid I believe) in a Tierheim/kennel situation. This would allow you to set up your own pet care business or to work in (but not manage) a Tierheim/kennel.

The Tierpfleger diploma is ca. 3 years - this allows you to manage a shelter or kennel. It is a more intensive course of study.

Working in a vet practice usually requires a TPA, a 3 year degree/apprenticeship. This is perhaps akin to what in some countries would be a veterinary nurse.

http://www.gstsvs.ch/de/Ausbildung.htm


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Another possibility for further education that would probably not lead to job qualifications but would likely give you a great deal of personal satisfaction - and perhaps help pinpoint future career goals - is to pursue independent courses/seminars on topics of interest.

For instance, when it comes to dogs Certodog (www.certodog.ch) is a well thought of training institution - and one of the institutions certified to train SKN trainers if that is a goal.

A foundation I very much respect is Animal Learn in Germany (http://www.animal-learn.de/index.php/seminare.html).

You could also look at distance courses from the UK or US if studying in English is a preference; you can study to degree level or take independent seminars. I can get you recommendations if you are interested.

BUT these would largely be for personal satisfaction - to work in CH you'll most likely need the CH-specific credentials.


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If you go the FBA route, may I ask that you post a few updates? I've been toying with the idea of doing the course - strictly personal interest - but I fear my written German would not be up to snuff. I'd be interested to hear what others, especially expats who did not go through the CH education sytem, think of the course.


Wishing you all the best!
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