fluids, the fact that you could catch a disease, if you’re not careful, and that there is so much knowledge, that you can’t know everything. We have to consult text books, scientific articles and experts regularly to help make diagnoses.”
To become a veterinary pathologist, you will need to do a BVSc degree and specialise in Pathology after completing your degree. According to June, good school results in Grade 11 and 12 are vitally important, if you want to get into veterinary science.
If you are a curious person, able to solve problems and can use all your senses, then this could be the career for you. But before you hop into this career, make sure you are not squeamish. You will also need good visual perception skills, good report-writing and people skills, and the ability to identify different tissues and “lesions” (what we call abnormalities seen in various diseases). You also need to be an analytical thinker.
On an average day, June may do post mortems on a variety of animals. “I also do some microscopic work, interpret results from tests done at other labs, write reports on the findings and prepare and examine biopsy specimens.”
“The best thing about the job is that it is so variable, every day has different cases, it is so vast and there are so many conditions that you get to see new things every day. The worst thing about the job is the few really rotten carcasses that smell bad and when we get in maliciously poisoned animals.”
June advises, “Know what you love, know what you really have a passion for, investigate what is possible and try and follow that as your dream. Find your talents and do everything you can to follow them. Just know that there will be times in every career when it is not great but at least you are doing what you are passionate about. If you can do what you love and love what you do every day of your life you will not have regrets or be unhappy.”
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters