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20 June 2023

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What is a pet business expert?

A pet business expert is a person who uses business knowledge and skills in advising other people on how to start and manage their own pet related businesses.

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Alternative Names

A Pet Business Expert might also be known as a:

  • Pet Business Specialist
  • Pet Business Consultant
  • Animal Business Advisor


The Pet Business Expert career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Business

Market value?

The business consultancy market generates income of over US$ 100 billion per year

Becoming an Expert?

The minimum time spent in gaining knowledge and experience to become an expert is around 10,000 hours

What does a Pet Business Expert do?

Groups of animals a Pet Business Expert works with

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What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

What does a Pet Business Expert focus on?

The primary focus of a pet business expert is to meet with and advise clients on how to properly operate a pet related business, so that it becomes a success.

With who does a Pet Business Expert work?

Besides working with all of the animals, Pet Business Experts will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members or the public.

Fellow staff might include:

  • Supervisors/Managers
  • Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance

What are the daily tasks of a Pet Business Expert?

  • Discuss brief with clients
  • Research specific animal related business models
  • Prepare necessary documents
  • Presentation to clients of work done
  • Administration and filing

Work Environment of a Pet Business Expert

Where does a Pet Business Expert work?

Environment –

Pet Business Experts normally work indoors in an office setup.

Places of Employment –

Most experts or consultants work privately, under contract for various clients. They can also be employed by large consultancies, research agencies, business developers, banks and government.

What is the average annual salary of a Pet Business Expert?

As most consultants are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $70,000. This will differ from country to country.

Can a Pet Business Expert be Promoted?

In most cases a Pet Business Expert would have an own business, but in the exceptions where they do work within a larger organization, then the following promotional levels could exist:

Intern > Junior Business Consultant > Business Expert

What kind of difficulties can a Pet Business Expert face?

The most difficult part is always to stay updated on current trends in the per business market. This requires a huge amount of research. They may therefore work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.

​Future growth and Possibilities

Future growth of niche markets and the ability to enter this niche as experts is very good. Product development, especially pet products connected to some form of electronics or even digitization (internet) will create good markets in the future.

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Which Skills are required by a Pet Business Expert?

The skills required for a career as a pet business expert can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • Good business knowledge
  • Good writing skills
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Pet Business Expert?

Minimum Requirements

To become a business expert or consultant requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Telling people how to run their business requires a high level of knowledge and experience!

Study Focus

Major –

Subject covering business administration, management, finance or marketing.

Short Courses –

A Degree will teach you about business in general, but try to complete as many courses on specific pet related business models as possible.

Study Duration

The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career

Being a pet business expert can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as an intern after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a pet business expert will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior expert.

Join the Pet Business Experts Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards management.

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