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Veterinary Anatomist

Dissect, research, and analyze the structural makeup of different animals.

What does a Veterinary Anatomist do?

An Anatomist researches and analyzes the parts, organs, and functions of living things. A Veterinary Anatomist performs this work on animals, from the most microscopic amoeba to the largest mammal. A Veterinary Anatomist’s time is spent in the lab, outdoors, and in the field, where he or she observe the animals, take notes of their behavior, study differences between genders and species, and draw conclusions on your observations.

For a closer look, you dissect animals and use microscopes to study samples of blood, tissue, cells, and other parts. Your goal as a Veterinary Anatomist is to better understand the animal, but in contrast to general biology, you focus on the genetics, anatomy, and structural makeup. You ask questions about how one species is similar to or different from another, how organs work, and why certain animals have certain characteristics.

With data in hand, you not only add to the existing knowledge that Scientists have about specific animals, but you also benefit the animals. For example, if you discover an animal organ that regenerates itself, you could propose animal organ transplants with limited danger to the donating animal. And it doesn’t stop there. Your research leads to a better understanding of disease, reproduction, digestion, nutritional requirements, organ function, and growth.

In addition to an advanced knowledge of animals and strong research skills, you also need a natural ability to question conclusions, solve problems, and effectively communicate with other researchers.