Morgan asked Melissa Knothe Tate, University of New South Wales Australia

AddedThursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Engineers Working With Animals
Hi my name is Morgan I am 9 years old I want to know if there are engineering jobs that involve taking care of animals?
Related to Agricultural, Engineering Branches, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
  • Melissa Knothe Tate , University of New South Wales Australia
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Dear Morgan, You asked whether there are engineering jobs that involve taking care of animals. Indeed, some engineering jobs involve taking care of animals. For example, an old colleague of mine designs hip implants for dogs! You may not ever have considered that house pets get old and their joints get frail, just like humans. Some pet owners take their pets to the hospital to replace their joints, and engineers design, test, and develop manufacturing methods for those replacement joints. Also, any agricultural jobs involving livestock or farm animals could potentially involve engineering, including engineering of equipment but also genetic engineering to develop livestock breeds that are particularly resistant to disease and that produce superior meat, for instance. Also, some of the earliest biomechanics studies involved photographing horse movement to determine gait patterns during running and walking. Virtually any creative endeavor can potentially involve engineering! Thanks for your excellent question, MKT