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UPDATED: 9 July 2021

1. What is a Veterinary Parasitologist?

A veterinary parasitologist studies how parasites can transmit specific diseases which can negatively impact domesticated animal health.

The career is very similar to a Veterinary Entomologist, but a parasitologist works with microscopic creatures, worms and arthropods.


Modern medical parasitology began during 1886-1871 in Taiwan when Sir Patrick Manson, a medical doctor from UK, first came to investigate the prevalence of parasitic diseases

Longest parasite?

The longest tapeworm ever removed from a human was 82 feet long, and was removed from a patient in India

2. What does a Veterinary Parasitologist do?

Career Categories

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

  • Animal Health
  • Specialists

What does a Veterinary Parasitologist focus on?

Veterinary Parasitologists study and treat illnesses caused by microscopic animals, worms and different kinds of insects and arthropods and their vectors.

In providing crucial protection, these specialists work to reduce the adverse impact these parasites may have on various kinds of domesticated animals.

Daily tasks of a Veterinary Parasitologist

  • Collect and inspect parasites found in animals
  • Research the possible diseases the parasites may carry
  • Providing technical advice in safeguarding the animals
  • Design an appropriate surveillance strategy against parasitic diseases
  • Administration and filing

3. The work environment of a Veterinary Parasitologist

Work environment and places where a veterinary parasitologist can be employed:

Environment –

Veterinary Parasitologists work equal amounts indoors and outdoors. Scientific analysis of these parasites takes place within a laboratory.

Places of Employment –

They are mainly employed by government, private pharmaceutical companies, forensic laboratories, farms, zoos and aquariums.

Average annual salary for a veterinary parasitologist

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

Can a medical Parasitologist 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 parasitologists face?

The most dangerous aspect of this career is working with microscopic animals 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.

4. Which Skills does a Veterinary Parasitologist need?

The skills required for a career as a veterinary parasitologist 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

5. 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!

6. What will I need to Study to become a Veterinary Parasitologist?

Minimum educational requirement:

The minimum international requirement is a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary studies.

Subject focus:

Majors –

The following majors can be taken biosecurity, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, parasitology, entomology.

Short Courses –

Many colleges have excellent short courses in parasitology.

Subject duration:

The duration of a Doctorate Degree includes the 3 to 4 years for a Bachelor’s Degrees, plus an additional 3 to 4 years for masters and Doctorate. Specialization in parasitology could add another 1 year. 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 parasitologist 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 Parasitologists 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%

7. 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:

8. Where can I study further to become a Veterinary Parasitologist?

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 parasitology.

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