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Do you want to work as an endocrinologist?

  • Read about the most important info you need to decide on following this career.
  • ​Follow the 7 points below and search for a tertiary institution near you for future studies. If you already are graduated, you may also search through our list of Jobs in the main menu.
  • If you want to PLAN the way you need to prepare, then join our community in step 8 where you will learn everything, while chatting with other potential artists and endocrinologists from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!


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UPDATED: 31 August 2020

1. What is an endocrinologist?

Endocrinologists specialize in treating and studying endocrine systems, which regulate the hormones of animals. They either do mostly research as a veterinary doctor on animal hormones and things impacting on these hormones, or physically diagnose and treat animals as a veterinarian.

Also known as:

  • Domestic Animal Endocrinologist
  • Zoo Endocrinologist
  • Animal Hormone Specialist

2. What do they do?




The primary focus of an endocrinologist is to study animal hormones as a doctor, and find ways to help these animals live normal lives, and be able to reproduce effectively to save endangered species.

Daily Tasks:

  • Research reproductive hormones in animals
  • Establish pregnancy due dates for expecting animals 
  • Document an animal’s seasonal reproductive cycle
  • Monitor hormones
  • Conduct research to see if and why an animal might be infertile
  • Study how the environment impact animal hormones
  • Administration and filing

Where they work:

Environment –

An animal endocrinologist work mostly indoors, within a laboratory. They may do field work to collect urine and feces samples, and study animals.

Places of Employment –

They may be hired by research institutions, large animal hospitals, zoos and aquariums, as well as governments.

Average Salary:

On average the income per year is around $185,000. This is one of the highest paid animal careers available. The average salary may differ from country to country.


Definitely to get through all the years of study. Specializing can mean a full 14 years of study. In addition, work can be intense, and require long hours with very short deadlines.

​Future growth and Possibilities:

3. Which Skills are required?

The skills required for a career as an endocrinologist 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

Career Skills:

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Good research skills
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Life Skills
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4. Which Subjects must I have at School?

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!

5. What will I need to Study?

Minimum Requirements:

To become an endocrinologist can take over 10 years of intense study, starting off with a Bachelor’s Degree, then a Doctorate in Veterinary Science and masters towards endocrinology.


Major –

Studies towards biology, endocrinology, zoology and chemistry.

Short Courses-

Most short courses are available in hormonal studies and fertility.


The duration of a Bachelor’s Degrees can 3 years, with an additional 4 years for PhD, and 4 to 5 years for residence and masters in Endocrinology. 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):

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

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

6. 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 may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.

Professional Associations:

7. Where can I study further?

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 biology.

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8. Join the OZT community

Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming an endocrinologist.

Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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