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Work may focus on one or more of the following:
Work may be conducted in the laboratory or the field. Both can involve
Laboratory work may involve clinical work such as chemical testing, growing cultures, microscopy.
Field work is more likely to deal with observing infected animals and testing treatment options.
Research work may be undertaken by scientists, farmers and animal industry professionals, supported by research assistants, laboratory assistants, administrative assistants, field workers and various others.
To start a career as a researcher, most people start volunteering for a laboratory, work alongside scientists at an university or science institute. Some choose to work during summer holidays for a farm or a research group, as they have full availability.
Other entry pathways include:
Career pathways include community education, governmental agencies, veterinary medicine and research, animal husbandry – most will be carrying on research on animal health, diseases and biosecurity.
There are many ways to progress your career, including:
Networking is especially important in this area. Many people want to work with animals, so it's essential to set yourself apart and hear about more opportunities by getting to know the community. Attend shows and seminars, and make sure you speak to presenters and other experts.