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Animal Cytologist

Examine animal cells to help fight diseases.

What does an Animal Cytologist do?

An Animal Cytologist is part Biologist and part Veterinarian. Animal Cytologists study the structure and function of animal cells, and the work you do is especially beneficial to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, but it can also be used in a variety of applications, including the discovery of new medications, and research involving animal breeds. They may work in a veterinary hospital, clinic, or research laboratory, examining cells through the lens of a microscope.

If you’re an Animal Cytologist, your daily duties include splicing cells, placing them on slides, examining them under a microscope, analyzing how certain outside influences affect them, and then carefully documenting your findings and writing reports for your Supervisors. You employ a variety of methods and instruments to do your work, including a technique called staining-where you dye the cells and analyze the color changes-and a tool called a microtome-which allows you to cut cells into thin slices.

You work with other Animal Cytologists and Veterinarians, all in an effort to diagnose puppy patients, find cures to diseases, develop new medications, or pinpoint differences between dog breeds and the possibilities of new breeding practices.

Your work facilitates the discovery of new diseases and, more importantly, their cures. Your encyclopedic knowledge of cell structures, growth, division, and coloring allows you to pinpoint changes and discover new ailments and antidotes. You could very well find yourself leading your team to a new medical breakthrough, or the invention of a new breed of dog.