When I was desperate at the end of the year for extra credit to boost my grade I stumbled upon the KSU lectures and veterinary medicine opportunity. Looking through the topics I saw a lecture on veterinary pathology (Feb 17th). Which sounded interesting, however I wanted to have a good understanding of the topic before attending. As a result I have created this blog post to help other students better understand veterinary pathology before they attend the lecture.
What is Veterinary Pathology?
Veterinary pathologist’s are veterinary doctors with a primary focus diagnosing animal diseases through the examination of body fluids and tissue. The career path is divided into two categories, veterinary anatomical pathology and veterinary clinical pathology. There are many different career options within this field that can be pursued. Career options with this degree include working in a diagnostic laboratory, teaching, pharmaceutical industry, biotechnological organizations, and an assortment of similar government jobs. These jobs pay well and the industry average salary is $93,000 a year. Numerous colleges offer a veterinary pathology degree including Kansas State University and the American College of Veterinary Pathologist. This career is awesome because it combines working with animals and biology.
Veterinary Anatomical Pathology:
Anatomical pathology is the study of the effect of disease on the body at a visual level and microscopic level. This involves studying different body parts to find disease and prescribe treatment for the subject in question. A pathologist uses different biological tools such as a microscope to analyze and test different body abnormalities. Pathologists are frequently credited with the discovery of new diseases and viruses before they are spread and become a major health hazard. For this reason pathologists can be found on various research and development pharmaceutical teams. A majority of a veterinary pathologist’s work involves studying tumors and different animal cancers. In fact, if your pet had a surgery their tissue would have been examined by an anatomical pathologist. Another duty of pathologists includes performing autopsies on animals after dying of an unknown illness to determine the cause of death.
Veterinary Clinical Pathology:
Clinical pathology also researches disease and its effects on the body. However a veterinary clinical pathologist studies the bodily fluid of animals using several different diagnostic tools. Veterinarian clinical pathologists can determine the cause of sickness by examining blood, urine, and feces. When testing these things they look for possible anomalies they may need to address. Clinical pathologists often coordinate and confer with other sciences in order to further understand what they are studying. Clinical pathologists analyze different aspects of animals for the same purpose of understanding the cause and effect of disease. For the reason, veterinary anatomical pathology and veterinary clinical pathology both fall under the same umbrella of veterinary pathology.
In conclusion, veterinary pathology is a very interesting career and providing similar and different career paths. It would be a great career choice for anyone who enjoys working with animals and biology. You may have the chance to help develop a breakthrough and save lives. I am looking forward to attending this lecture on February 17th at the CAPS building and I hope you can join me.
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- “Clinical Pathology Overview.” Johns Hopkins Medicine. Johns Hopkins Medicine, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.
- “What Is Veterinary Pathology?” American College of Veterinary Pathologists, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2016.