I am currently over 40 years old, having worked since I was 14, from baby-sitting and watching every other relative's child. I then graduated to the medical field, and here, I worked most of my life, from being a companion, to certified nurse aide, to licensed vocational nurse. I've worked in a very large variety medically oriented, children and babies, but I have also worked with children who did not have special needs, but like all children, they are developing their own special personalities. Also, I worked in "Mother-Baby" floors in the hospital. I have an old fashioned personality, which needs the custodial parents discriminative choice of how or what is appropriate during care.
I have worked in a pet grooming shop of a relative, for approximately 2 years, providing simple things such as bathing mostly dogs, and understand the need of washing out the ear canals. I worked with a relative, who both worked in a grooming shop and took care of other relatives sick pets while they were out of town.
In my primary professional career, although most of my professional experience has been in the medical field with children, adults, and seniors, I have found that 70% of the time, they had a pet that I had to help care for. From feeding, bathing, walking, and care for. Having care for pets in different home settings, from shopping for the right food, to the simplest of taking the pets out for a walk.