Veterinary Physical Therapist
Veterinary Physical Therapist Starting Entry Level Salary: $28,950 to $30,900
$36,000 is the median salary with one to four years of experience.
Animal Assisted Therapists Starting Entry Level Salary: $25,000 to $28,000
I do not know how many times I have walked by posters of animals needing to be adopted from rescue agencies and sighed. I have wished at least a hundred times that I could buy a couple of hundred acres of land with a house and a huge barn, so I could rescue a few dozen of the animals that have been abandoned or may have never known what it's like to feel loved or showered with baby-talk from their care taker. Only once in my life have I ever bought a dog from a pet store, and that was when I was something like 6 years old, so I did not even know rescue centers existed. If I had known about them I would have thrown myself on the ground and held my breath until my parents allowed me to have one I could save. The bond between a human and their beloved animal is immensely strong.
It is estimated that a total of $38.4 billion will be spent on pet-related expenses for 2006; up $2.1 billon in 2005. Veterinary services make up $9.4 billion of the expenses, which also include food, supplies, medicine, live animal purchases and pet services.
From luxury items to high-tech toys and products for our companions, our purchases extend beyond traditional necessities. A 2005 APPMA (American Pet Products Manufacturers Association)trend report asked survey participants where they spent their money for their dogs or cats annually. Here is a selection of their results.
Hotels that were continually snubbed for lack of a pet welcome mat have quickly adopted pet-friendly policies. Several chains have announced their new pet-friendly declarations that include items such as oversized pet pillows, lush doggie robes and welcome gift baskets specifically for the pet. They have not stopped there, though. You can now find hotel chains that offer kitty and doggie bed turn-down service, recreational accommodations where dogs sip fresh water from flowing fountains, and soothing dog massage by a Veterinary Physical Therapist or Animal Assisted Therapist.
Cats are not being left out of the luxury environment. Cat owners can meditate in yoga classes while their cats relieve stress by playing in the recreation toy gym or relaxing in the feline spa, complete with certified therapists and herbal catnip treats.
What do Veterinary Physical Therapist and Animal Assisted Therapists do?
Veterinary Physical Therapist
The physical therapist provides services aimed at preventing the onset and/or the treatment of conditions resulting from injury, disease, and other causes that affect mobility. Veterinary Physical Therapists play a major role in the healthcare of our beloved companions as well as livestock, zoo animals, athletic sporting animals and laboratory animals. Both Veterinary Physical Therapists and Animal Assisted Therapists work with traditional veterinary services and medicine where they offer another option to health care for the benefit of animal patients.
Animal Assisted Therapist
Animal Assisted Therapists study and identify behavioral patterns in animals and apply techniques to improve mental, social and physical issues within humans through animal/human companionship. In addition, Animal Assisted Therapists also assist human patients with acute or chronic diseases by the utilization of animals as a therapeutic practice to facilitate healing and rehabilitation. There have been case studies showing that patients who have been introduced to animals as companions have recovered at a quicker pace.
A non-profit organization called Therapet Animal Assisted Therapy Foundation employs animals for the healing and rehabilitation of severe and chronically ill individuals who spend a large amount of time in hospitals. These experiences have created very positive results.
Why choose a career as a Veterinary Physical Therapist or Animal Assisted Therapist?
Animal assisted therapy involves much more than just the animal. A career as a Veterinary Physical Therapist or Animal Assisted Therapist improves the quality of life for both animals and people. No matter what area a person chooses, the benefits are astounding, and Physical Therapists and Animal Assisted Therapists go home every night knowing they placed another puzzle piece to create a happier life for their clients.
If you have a passion for working with furry, fluffy or even feathery or scaley friends, your options are as varied as a televised Dog Show.