How to Become a Veterinary Anatomist

Veterinary anatomists are scientists who specialize in biological animal structure and systems. They may treat cancer, other illnesses and injury in pets. Most work in science and research laboratories and clinics, but some work for companies that produce animal medicine, food and products. If this sounds like an interesting career choice, learn more about becoming a veterinary anatomist.


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    Take classes in high school to prepare for the veterinary anatomy courses you will need to take in college.
    • Biology, anatomy and chemistry classes will help you become familiar with an organism's anatomy.
    • If you want to do research or veterinary science, take math and statistics classes.
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    Observe and interview a veterinary anatomist and consider whether you think this could be a fulfilling career for you.
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    Find work with animals. You might volunteer at a zoo or veterinarian's office, where you'll learn about the care and handling of animals. Select an area that interests you the most.
    • Consider any work that will offer hands-on experience with animals. Not only will you learn about animals, but you'll also get an idea of where you may want to work after you gain certification in veterinary anatomy.
    • Volunteer as much as possible, regardless of whether you're going to school or not. Volunteering is an excellent way to develop your career in veterinary science.
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    Attend college. You should have at least an associates degree to enter the veterinary workforce. If you plan to work in research or veterinary science, you will need a bachelor's degree.
    • Would-be veterinary anatomists must complete an associates degree or a bachelor's degree, preferably in Veterinary Technology, before specializing.
    • You may want to earn a Master's Degree in Veterinary Anatomy or get a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
    • Specializations include a Master of Science of Veterinary Anatomy and DVM.
    • Some vocational schools and universities offer 2-year Veterinary Technology degrees.
    • Apply to a school that's American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) accredited.
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    Gain licensure to work as a veterinary anatomist. After you graduate, you must meet licensure and certification requirements in your state. Each state has its own rules on what you need before you can enter the veterinary workforce.
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    Look into veterinary medicine programs, if you want to specialize in advanced research. This may improve your chances of landing a better job. Most researchers hold a DVM and undertake a similar route as veterinarians.
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    Join online discussion groups and veterinary forums to ask questions, find support and share your knowledge. This is 1 way to network with other veterinary professionals.
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    Continue your education. Veterinary anatomy is an emergent field. To succeed in it, you will need to know the latest developments in veterinary science. Keep up with the latest veterinary related issues, such as bird flu pandemics.
    • Take courses that will work as continuing education credits in veterinary anatomy.

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