Veterinary Pathologist

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, blood or other bodily fluids.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Complete post-mortem exams on small and large animals to determine animal’s cause of death and diagnosis disease
  • Oversee preparation of tissue for testing
  • Complete testing of blood and tissue samples to diagnose various diseases and conditions
  • Discuss study results with clients and suggest treatment options to veterinarians
  • Analyze results of laboratory tests and studies
  • Work in conjunction with associates and clients in the development of study design
  • Practice and promote ethical laboratory procedures
  • Conduct studies in compliance with the FDA and other national and international regulatory agencies
  • Interact with and advise lab personnel in proper specimen handling and processing techniques
  • Contribute to the development of drugs and animal health products
  • Conduct research studies, then summarize and communicate trends for reports
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of industry standards and equipment present in a veterinary hospital and laboratory setting
  • Advise government agencies on the spread and progression of animal diseases
  • Adhere to standard safety protocols and maintain a clean, sterile environment
  • Maintain proficiency and develop clinical diagnostic skills

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • animal science
  • veterinary science
  • English
  • focus on higher level mathematics and science such as statistics, algebra, genetics, biology and chemistry

Education/Training Required:

Beyond earning a doctorate of veterinary medicine, 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.

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