HAWS Animal Career Exploration is a club for high school aged kids interested in pursuing a career in animals! “Veterinarian” is usually the first thing that pops into someone’s head when thinking about jobs with animals. But how much do you really know about becoming vet, and did you know there are TONS of other animal related careers? Are you creative? Maybe you’d enjoy a job as a groomer. Good problem solver? Perhaps you could become a great dog trainer. Interested in law enforcement? What about a job as a Humane Officer? HAWS Animal Career Exploration (HAWS ACE) is a program for teens in 9th – 12th grades to learn about the variety of careers available in animal care.

Attendees will get a chance to hear from speakers working in different animal-related jobs, learn more about HAWS and our mission, and get some hands on experience working with animals. So how realistic are the things you’ve seen on TV about veterinarians and humane officers? What does it actually take to work those jobs and others? What kind of training do you need? Join HAWS ACE and find out!

Due to considerations of COVID-19 ACE will be held virtually this year, with one optional at HAWS program. We will not be accepting members for the year, but students will be able to register for a virtual program at a cost of $10.00. Attendance will allow students to hear an animal professional talk about their career and what students should focus on now in order to prepare for that career, followed by and opportunity for Q & A.


HAWS ACE Meeting Dates 

Wednesday, January 13  6:00pm-7:30pm
Dr. Kayla Krager received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Krager will share about her preparation for and journey through vet school (including her time working at HAWS!), as well as her current work as she completes an emergency and critical care residency at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists.

Wednesday, February 3  6:00pm-7:30pm
Speaker TBA

Wednesday, March 3  6:00pm-7:30pm
A long-time advocate for animals and Wisconsin resident for over 30 years, Megan Nicholson came to the Humane Society of the United States with a background in government relations. Her passion for all things hooved, furry, scaled and feathered fuels her efforts to strengthen Wisconsin’s animal protection laws for companion animals, native wildlife and everything in between. Learn about the many projects she’s been part of and how she works to advocate for animals in WI & beyond!

Wednesday, April 7  6:00pm-7:30pm
Maggie Steinhauer – Wildlife Biologist at the Urban Ecology Center
“Maggie is the Research and Community Science Coordinator at the Urban Ecology Center, whose mission it is to connect people in cities to nature and each other. The research team works with community scientists to conduct a variety of monitoring projects in urban greenspaces in order to examine the populations of wildlife that rely on them. Maggie will talk about the pathway that led her to this career in addition to taking a deeper look into the wildlife happenings at the UEC.”

Wednesday, May 5  6:00pm-7:30pm
Cory Gritzmacher – handler of conservation dog at the Mequon Nature Preserve
Cory Gritzmacher is the Director of Restoration and Operations at the Mequon Nature Preserve. He works with Tilia, the on-staff conservation dog, sniffing out invasive species like wild parsnip and animals like salamanders on the 444-acre preserve. Learn more about this human/canine team and how they work together to stop the spread of invasive species throughout Wisconsin. Enjoy handling a working dog and being outdoors? This could be a career for you!



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