Embryologist

Embryologist

An embryologist provides reproductive services and research in the areas of embryo creation, IVF (in vitro fertilization), cloning and transgenic animal production. Additionally, they coordinate and schedule farm trips for retrieval of animal eggs and sperm. They will also assist veterinarians when necessary and will participate in new product creation by serving as a consultant.
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 and supplies used during the collection of embryos
  • 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
  • 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
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, anatomy, animal science, computer skills and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in animal reproduction, animal science or biology is required to become an embryologist.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Animal embryologists typically work for research firms and universities. They may also work for large-scale animal health or production companies.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • International Embryo Technology Society
  • American Embryo Transfer Association
  • American Society of Animal Science
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$39,000
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