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An embryologist provides reproductive services and research in the areas of embryo creation, IVF (in vitro fertilization), cloning, and transgenic animal production.




What responsibilities will I have?

  • Prepare embryos for research purposes
  • Perform IVF, artificial insemination, cryopreservation of embryos and embryonic transfer
  • Coordinate and schedule farm trips for retrieval of animal eggs and sperm
  • Set up filters, medias and supplies used during the collection of embryos
  • Rinse, search, wash and accurately grade embryos according to protocols
  • Freeze embryos for storage in liquid nitrogen
  • Monitor and fill nitrogen storage tanks when needed
  • Perform oocyte searching and evaluation for IVF
  • Monitor and record temperatures and other appropriate information
  • Maintain, clean and label collection vessels
  • Maintain embryo inventories
  • Complete documentation of pertinent information
  • Reorder supplies when needed
  • Assist veterinarians when necessary
  • Participate in new product creation by serving as a consultant
  • Perform quality control of embryology media


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in animal reproduction, animal science or biology is required to become an embryologist.


To pursue a career as an Embryologist:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, animal science, computer courses, and mathematics.


Where can I work?

Animal embryologists typically work for research firms and universities. They may also work for large-scale animal health or production companies.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for an embryologist will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • International Embryo Technology Society
  • American Embryo Transfer Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
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