Veterinary Parasitologist

Test and treat animals for harmful organisms like fleas and ticks.

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Salary Range
$50,000 – $145,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Veterinary Parasitologists do?

Little puppies and cute kittens are soft enough to cuddle, but all animals, even the most adorable ones, are susceptible to the subtle attack of parasites. A Veterinary Parasitologist studies these nasty pests and rids our pets of them, keeping dogs and cats always ready for a cuddle.

Fleas, ticks, worms, and even deadly bacteria all enjoy slowly feasting on unsuspecting pets, setting up shop underneath fur and sometimes skin. When people are concerned that something’s wrong, they bring their beloved animals to a Veterinary Parasitologist. Most common parasites are easy to spot with a simple physical examination. Other times, though, as a Veterinary Parasitologist you’re required to take blood or stool samples to examine under a microscope or send out to a lab for diagnoses.

The good thing is once a parasite is found, no matter how gross it may seem, you have the know-how to treat the pet. However, there are some troubling diseases that can be caused by the nasty freeloaders, and those shouldn’t be taken lightly. You may have to call on your steel nerves and iron stomach if you need to perform surgery on an animal. Luckily, by using chemical treatments or administering antibiotic medication, you’re able to kill off the most common parasites in a snap.

Keeping the animals that we interact with safe is commendable, but even more importantly, by treating the parasites on pets, you keep the diseases from transferring to their humans. If you’ve ever stumbled upon a bed full of itchy fleas, you know how uncomfortable it is to be left scratching all night long. It’s the last thing we want for ourselves, not to mention our furry friends.

Should I be a Veterinary Parasitologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become a
    Veterinary Parasitologist

    Most Veterinary Parasitologists have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaa9&chl=|||||doctorate+%28100%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,100
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