Veterinary Entomologist Career Profile

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UPDATED: 15 May 2023

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What is a Veterinary Entomologist?

A veterinary entomologist works on ways to protect livestock, wildlife, and zoo animals from insect pests and the dangerous diseases they might carry.

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Alternative Names

This career can have alternative names, depending on things like language, or even just the names given it within different countries:

  • Agricultural Entomologist

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Career Categories

The animal related careers are organized into categories. Here are the categories in which Medical Entomologist can be found:

  • Farming and Livestock Management
  • Animal Health
  • Specialists
  • Zoos, Aquariums, Museums and Themed Parks


Hundreds of entomologists enlisted in the US military during WW2 to help protect the troops

Deadly insects?

Mosquitos are possibly enemy number 1 for medical entomologists

What does a Veterinary Entomologist do?

Groups of animals a Veterinary Entomologist works with

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What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

What does a Veterinary Entomologist focus on?

Veterinary Entomologists study the illnesses caused by insects and arthropods when they come in contact with certain species of wildlife, especially mammals. Their research is used to protect the animals (mostly livestock) against the dangerous diseases.

Daily tasks of a Veterinary Entomologist

  • Collect and inspect insects found at different locations
  • Research the possible diseases insects may carry
  • Providing technical advice in safeguarding livestock and certain wildlife species
  • Design an appropriate surveillance strategy against diseases
  • Assist veterinary staff in places such as zoos and aquariums
  • Administration and filing

The work Environment of a Veterinary Entomologist

Work environment and places where a veterinary entomologist can be employed

Environment –

Veterinary entomologists work equal amounts indoors and outdoors. Much of the field work will entail collecting insects and samples, and researching insect diseases and preventative repellents. Scientific analysis of these insects takes place within a laboratory.

Places of Employment –

They are mainly employed by government, educational institutions, research companies laboratories, zoos, aquariums.

Average annual salary for a veterinary entomologist

They can earn an average of US$65,000 per year. The salary will also differ from country to country.

Can a veterinary entomologist be promoted?

They do have the opportunity to be promoted within the unit or department, or join a different organization at a higher position.

What difficulties do veterinary entomologists face?

The most dangerous aspect of this career is working with insects that might be carrying deadly pathogens.

They may also work long hours, in difficult conditions, and might need to travel frequently.

Future growth and possibilities in this Career

​The future growth of the sector is growing at around 5% per year. A god sub-field to look into is the breeding of beneficial insects which can be used to eradicate harmful insects in a more natural way.

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Which Skills does a Veterinary Entomologist need?

The skills required for a career as a veterinary entomologist can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to help me prepare for this Career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

What will I need to Study to become a Veterinary Entomologist?

Minimum educational requirement

The minimum international requirement is a Doctorate Degree.

Subject focus

Majors –

The following majors can be taken biosecurity, parasitology, entomology.

Short Courses –

Many colleges have excellent short courses in entomology.

Subject duration

The duration of a Doctorate Degree includes the 3 to 4 years for a Bachelor’s Degrees, plus an additional 3 plus years for masters and Doctorate. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

​Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the research and other laboratory skills you will need as a veterinary entomologist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Join the Veterinary Entomologists Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of those entering the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Certifications might be required in certain countries, and it may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

Where can I study further to become a Veterinary Entomologist?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards forensics and entomology.

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