I am a female, and I never considered being a schoichet before. I don't know whether women are permitted to become schoichets. I know precious little about the profession. I was a practicing vegan for years, for animal welfare reasons, but also for health and environmentalism. I still and will always take care of my health and the ecology as best I can, but I believe I can do these now while on a diet that includes meat, eggs and other animal based foods.
Last night I was talking with a young orthodox Jewish friend who keeps kosher and shabbos I've known for five years, and who has earned my trust (which says something). He suggested I talk with someone about becoming a schoichet. He thinks there would be an exception for me, being female. He thinks it's best I become one. I don't know, I think he may be correct that it is something I should do.
Where do I begin to look? Who do I talk with? I was thinking my son should study it, but my friend says it would be better that I study the course instead. He could be right about that. I would rather talk about most of the details offline, but I would like some url's recommended here. I just did a quick search now. What do you think about the following ones?