3 Tips To Help You Choose Your Holistic Animal Career

Love Helping Animals With These Holistic Animal Career Tips

What course should you choose if you want to work as a holistic therapist with animals?

This is a question i'm often asked! There's many courses to choose from.

So here's 3 top tips to help you decide on your holistic animal care career

  1. Decide the type of animal you want to work with. If you want to work with dogs, then there are many courses you can complete which are canine specific. For instance canine massage, canine bowen therapy, etc.

Then there are others which are horse specific. You'll also find courses which help you learn how to help different animals. Don't forget you can always specialise afterwards.

  1. Do you know what sort of therapy you'd like to use? Some are only for qualified veterinary surgeons to use. Acupuncture being one of those. The pathways to access some courses enable veterinarians to complete. For instance Chiropractic. The length of training to complete varies dependIng on what your career aspirations are

You can also train and become qualified in several complementary therapies too. Some therapies can be very useful to know. For example, Reiki or Bach Flower Remedy are two therapies which help as part of a holistic approach. And can be part of your 'toolbox' of ways to help your animal clients. By being able to help with relaxation and emotional responses to situations. Can mean your animal clients get more out of their sessions.

  1. Linked to the type of therapy or therapies you want to use. Is what professional association do you want to join. Now there are many. You can find some links at my training links page here. Some are more established than others. And some are very clear on their role. For instance the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) aims to promote Public Confidence in the Animal Musculoskeletal Occupations it Registers. RAMP also offers vets reassurance on the professional standards of its members. This may in turn increase the confidence of vets to refer their animal patients to you.

But there are many other professional associations who offer high standards and reassurance. Do take a look though, as there is variance!

Working with animals is rewarding. Especially helping to improve their health and wellbeing. I hope the above has given you a few ideas to help you on your animal care career. Find more information at my training advice pages here.

About The Author
Suzanne Harris is an equestrian and canine entrepreneurial coach and consultant to veterinarians who want to help prevent animals being affected by domestic abuse.

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Do You Prioritise Continuous Professional Development?


As a small business owner you may find it difficult to take the time out for training and development.

This can be for many reasons. But this is an important question..… Why should people spend their money and invest in your product or service, if you're not investing in you?

People's horses and dogs are precious to them. So they want reassurance that you'll give their animal the best possible service.

If you’re a member of a professional association there may be requirements set by them. Most need you to complete regular continuous professional development. This can be necessary to keep membership and ensure your skills are as up to date as they can be.

Have you got a coach or mentor? There’s many business coaches and mentors all around the world - and many who offer online support too. They can help fine tune your mindset and approach to developing your business. And help you to identify your goals.

Money could be an issue for you. But there are some excellent books available to help you. Is developing your mindset an area of growth for you? Then I recommend Niyc Pidgeon’s book “30 days to live your happiest life” - take a look online at Amazon here.

By investing in yourself. Whether that's through training courses, books or coaching. Then it can transform the quality of your work and relationships. Many of the world’s most successful people are learners. Always striving to learn and develop themselves.

Be Inspired

Here are some articles that I've found online, which maybe interesting reading for you:

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule

The power of doing nothing at all

Regards, Suzanne

About The Author
Suzanne Harris is an equestrian and canine entrepreneurial coach and consultant to veterinarians who want to help prevent animals being affected by domestic abuse.