Veterinary pathologists are doctors of veterinary medicine who diagnose diseases by examining animal tissue and body fluids. Anatomical veterinary pathologists diagnose disease based on examination of organs, tissues and bodies. Clinical veterinary pathologists base their diagnosis on analysis of urine or blood.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
Beyond earning a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, veterinary pathologists must complete an extensive anatomical or clinical pathology residency at a veterinary teaching hospital. To become board certified, individuals must complete a minimum of three years of clinical training and pass the board certification exams.
To pursue a career as a veterinary pathologist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, English, a focus on higher level mathematics and science: statistics, algebra, genetics, biology and chemistry.
Where can I work?
Veterinary pathologist mainly work in a laboratory setting for both private companies and government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The job outlook for veterinary pathologists is good over the next five years.
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