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    Feb 20, 2013, 02:27 PM
    Becoming a zoologist
    How many years would it take to become a zoologist? And what is the best school to go to?
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    Feb 20, 2013, 06:56 PM
    It will take at least 4 years to earn a bachelors degree, but further education will open up more job opportunities. What country do you live in? How old are you? Where do you want to go to school?
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    Feb 20, 2013, 07:55 PM
    I live in us (ca) Im 18 and Im not sure what school I want to go to yet...
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    Feb 20, 2013, 08:02 PM
    Many times the best is just an opinion,

    Also what you can afford and what school your grades can get you into.

    As noted, a bachelor will be the start, perhaps could do some entry work, but will need to get Masters or more
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    Feb 20, 2013, 08:25 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover100 View Post
    I live in us (ca) Im 18 and Im not sure what school I want to go to yet...
    Do you want to work with animals or actually be a zoologist?
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    Feb 20, 2013, 08:31 PM
    Moorpark College has a wonderful animal program. Look it up and see if it is what you are interested in. It's a junior college, but the program has a fantastic reputation.
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    Feb 21, 2013, 02:12 PM
    Honestly both. But I looked at Moorpark College and it looks like a good place to go to.
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    Feb 21, 2013, 08:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover100 View Post
    Honestly both. But I looked at Moorepark College and it looks like a good place to go to.
    It's wonderful! They hire from that school to Sea World and various zoos. Do you live close enough to visit it?
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    Feb 21, 2013, 09:15 PM
    Yea if I fly (2-3hrs.) or if I drive (8-9hrs.).. so yea its kind of close. But Im close to an Oakland Zoo!
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    Feb 21, 2013, 09:29 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Animallover100 View Post
    yea if I fly (2-3hrs.) or if I drive (8-9hrs.).. so yea its kind of close. but Im close to an Oakland Zoo!
    If you live near Oakland, you can fly in under an hour to Burbank. It's about a half hour drive from there. Maybe you can ask your parents for a weekend trip.
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    Feb 21, 2013, 09:56 PM
    Maybe... my mom and dad work, but ill see... sorry if this sounds weird or stupid but what books do you think I should get? Or what should I do to prepare?
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    Feb 21, 2013, 10:03 PM
    If I were you, I'd go to my local public library and talk with a reference librarian about what to read. You might want to read some books by Jeffrey Masson about animal emotions or books on animal psychology. There are lots of books on human-animal connections, like A Lion Called Christian and Wesley the Owl and The Daily Coyote. Anatomy books would be fun to read too. Oh, oh, oh, and be sure to read books by Temple Grandin!!
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    Feb 21, 2013, 10:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Wondergirl View Post
    If I were you, I'd go to my local public library and talk with a reference librarian about what to read. You might want to read some books by Jeffrey Masson about animal emotions or books on animal
    psychology. There are lots of books
    on human-animal connections, like
    A Lion Called Christian and
    Wesley the Owl and The Daily
    Coyote
    . Anatomy books would be
    fun to read too. Oh, oh, oh, and be sure to read books by Temple
    Grandin!!!!!
    Oh OK.. Thank you! I'll do that tomorrow! :)
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    Feb 22, 2013, 06:39 PM
    Hi Animalallover100

    I have a pretty significant background in zoology...

    In all my years of study, I first needed to understand human anatomy and physiology before I could begin to compare/explore comparative anatomy/physiology (i.e. zoology).

    I'd suggest that you start with a basic, college level biology book and then step things up with a more complex study of human anatomy and physiology (available at any local library).

    After you explore that and continue to be curious I would recommend a number of books (pop back anytime on this) that begin to present the wonderful world of comparative anatomy, physiology, evolution, and ecology/psychology of the vertebrate world!

    Good luck!

    Mark
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    Feb 22, 2013, 07:46 PM
    Oh thank you so much! :) I'll do that!

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