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