When I identify myself as an Animal Communicator, many people think of the "dog whisperer" who works with behaviors, or the "pet psychic" who has been born with an extra-sensory gift. I was not aware of any enhanced intuition, and my own knowledge of animal behavior was learned in school or by observation of my own animals. Until I contacted an Animal Communicator as a client years ago, I had been unaware that this was a skill that could be taught.
I entered college as a Spanish and Portuguese major, and somehow graduated with a biology degree, intending to find a place in the expanding field of research with dolphins or primates and language. Of course, the protocols were all designed around human language, and our understanding of how many words a particular species could "understand" was limited by our own preconceptions. Perhaps the foundation for my current work was established in those years, but I certainly never expected to become an Animal Communicator.