I need advice regarding what degree I should pursue- should I first become a certified veterinary assistant or go for the associates degree as a veterinary technician? Any other suggestions that will help me in obtaining a steady full time job with animals?
I've looked very carefully at your question: "Since I began my own pet care business at a young age, with exceptional success and have enjoyed it so thoroughly, I intend to continue it later in life. However, in order to achieve my long term goal of expanding my business and opening a fully functioning pet care facility, I need to make the money to do so. So, in the mean time, I wish to take courses and earn a degree online so I can get a steady full time job and have a reliable foundation for my future."
If I'm understanding the question correctly, it doesn't seem that you really want to (or need to) pursue an advanced degree. It seems that you want to earn more money and expand your business. If that's the case, an advanced degree will not necessarily help you accomplish this. Furthermore, you could find yourself very frustrated after spending many years and much money in getting a degree, working a full-time job, and not enjoying it as much as having your own pet care business.
If you really have enjoyed your pet care business, I would suggest that you learn how to expand your business by studying principles of business and marketing. If you go to college to study marketing, you will get a lot of theory, but you won't necessarily learn how to get new and keep old customers and how to expand a small business. There are exceptions, but your typical college or university business school does NOT teach the small business owner (in a practical way) how to grow a business.
Instead, I'd recommend networking with other small business owners who have done what you want to do. They don't have to be in the same business as you. Simply duplicate the fundamentals of what they've done as it relates to business and marketing. Go to networking events, trade shows; join an association. Also, ask business owners what business/marketing books they read/recommend. Good luck...
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