Reproductive veterinarians are also known as theriogenologists. Theriogenologists specialize in animal reproductive health, including obstetrics, infertility, and reproductive surgery.
Theriogenologists deal with reproductive emergencies, working to resolve them in a manner that promotes health and continuation of the animal species. By doing so, the veterinarian promotes health for the mother and offspring while sparing their species from the threat of extinction.
New findings in genetics and genomics are good news for threatened animal species. Theriogenologists with the proper training can help develop new methods for preserving endangered animals. By working on a molecular level, reproductive veterinarians can help struggling species conceive and give birth to healthy new generations of offspring.
New advances in science lead to new advances in caring for animal populations. Theriogenologists will be in high demand as innovative techniques are developed that can help animals survive the changes our global environment is facing. Also, household pets will benefit from advances in animal medicine, so theriogenologists will be required on a more local level in that manner.
Working Conditions & Context
Many theriogenologists work in veterinarians' offices, but some also visit animals where they are housed, as in zoos or other sanctuaries. As specialists, many theriogenologists belong to group practices.
Veterinarians in large-animal practice (as with farm animals or exotic species like elephants) spend a lot of time driving between their offices and farms or zoos. They work outdoors in all kinds of weather and may have to treat animals in less-than-ideal settings. Working with animals that are frightened or in pain, veterinarians have to accept the risk of injury from bites, kicks, or scratches.
A typical Salary Range for this career is $46,610 - $104,110 annually.
The Median Income for this career is about $79,050 annually.
Anyone interested in a career as a theriogenologist, or veterinarian of any kind, should adopt a science curriculum. Courses in general biology, chemistry, and physics are essential. College students should major in life science disciplines to prepare for veterinary school. Veterinary medical colleges require courses in inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, zoology, animal nutrition, genetics, microbiology, physiology, and more. Students should round this out with courses in English, social sciences, and the humanities.
To enter veterinary school, students must satisfy pre-veterinary requirements. They must also pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT), or the Medical College Admission Text (MCAT). Upon successfully passing one of these exams, a student must earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Those seeking board certification in a specialty must also complete a three- or four-year residency program.
Certification & Licensing:
All 50 states and Washington, DC require veterinarians to be licensed before they can practice. Each state administers its own examination, and some also require a state jurisprudence examination covering laws and regulations. Most states have continuing education requirements for licensed veterinarians.
The American College of Theriogenologist
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Reproductive Revolutions, Inc.
** More than a minimum degree may be required for some careers.