An embryologist provides reproductive services and research in the areas of embryo creation, IVF (in vitro fertilization), cloning and transgenic (deliberate gene modification) animal production. An embryologist will perform all duties associated with embryo production, data entry and communication while adhering to all laboratory standard operating procedures.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Prepare and maintain embryos for research purposes
  • Perform IVF, artificial insemination, cryopreservation (process of cooling and storing cells, tissues or organs at very low or freezing temperatures to save them for future use) of embryos and embryonic transfer (final step of IVF where embryos are placed in the uterus)
  • Coordinate and schedule farm trips for the retrieval of animal eggs and/or sperm
  • Set up filters and supplies used during the collection of embryos
  • Maintain a clean and sterile environment while following industry guidelines
  • Accurately grade (classify embryos based on how they look) embryos according to protocols
  • Freeze embryos for storage in liquid nitrogen
  • Maintain documentation and history of embryos within the storage facility
  • Monitor and fill nitrogen storage tanks when needed
  • Perform oocyte searching and evaluation for IVF (An oocyte is a cell in an ovary that may become an egg.)
  • Monitor and record temperatures and address concerns as needed
  • Maintain, clean and label collection vessels
  • Maintain embryo inventories
  • Complete documentation of pertinent information
  • Maintain a proper amount of inventory and reorder supplies as needed
  • Assist veterinarians when necessary
  • Participate in new product creation as a consultant
  • Perform quality control of embryology media

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially animal science
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • anatomy
  • computer skills
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

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