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College Education-- What Degrees do Taxidermists Have?

Discussion in 'Training' started by icarusmasaru, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. I am about to begin my freshman year in college, and was wondering what degrees ya'll have. Is there any specific education from a university anyone has attended that has benefited their ability to get a taxidermy job?
     
  2. Pretty much any BS is mandatory these days if you want to succeed in this industry.

    DP
     

  3. WildlifeLady

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    Good one D.!
     
  4. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    D., you're on your game tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO
     
  5. The bird guys

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    If I could do things over again I would get an art degree, and business. Some biology classes would help also.
     
  6. Am I wrong...LOL?

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  7. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I have a degree in Agriculture and do taxidermy because I want to...my youngest son has a degree in Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, so he has to do taxidermy to survive! Focus on a degree in a field that interests you, and get a 4 year degree in something, anything. You will never regret it.
     
  8. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    I have .......

    I have a BS in History and a MA in management.

    :)

    Kerby...
     
  9. Zombiegirl

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    I have an Associates of Applied Science (veterinary technology) degree, I am a CVT (certified veterinary technician) so have a background with anatomy, animals in general. Business would probably be helpful for the "owning a business" part of taxidermy.
     
  10. Bachelors in Political Science minor in English Lit, graduate courses in English Lit. (7 hours short of my Masters)
     
  11. NMJagdHunter

    NMJagdHunter Ted Wenner

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    Bachelors of Ag in Wildlife Science
    Bachelors Science in Microbiology
    Bachelors Science Conservation Ecology
    Masters of Science Biotechnology and Genetics
    PhD drop out of Genetics , did most of it but clashed with my advisor during thesis submission, I peaced out and went to work doing taxidermy full time.

    I loved school but if you are going to be a taxidermist in the end do not waste money going to college, if you are going and its on scholarship etc, at the very least not costing you much its a good experience, but college has become a bloated industry and the cost vs. Reward is no longer worth it in my opinion.
     
  12. BS in Biology. Worked as a biologist for 35 yrs and did taxidermy part time. Although at times it was 30 to 40 hrs a week on top of my day job. Now that I am retired from my day job I just do taxidermy. Seems a lot more fun now doing it during the day instead of nights and weekends. Can't say that my biology degree helped with taxidermy. A few business courses would have been useful.
     
  13. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I graduated 50th in my high school class of 120. Impresses the hell out of me.
     
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  15. SpiritOfTheWild

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    I have a degree in conservation law.
     
  16. MTI

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    I have a degree a degree in Art Education.
     
  17. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I have a BA in Art and Education and it certainly has helped me in my taxidermy business. But, you'd have to be nuts to spend all that money just to get into taxidermy! Your best bet IMO would be to take some intro Art - Drawing and Painting courses at a local Junior College. This will not only help you with the obvious painting, but you'll also learn how to create solid composition. After technique, great composition is what truly separates the World Champions from the average Joe's (mounts). Some questions you need to ask yourself are 1) What kind of money do you want to make? (You're not going to get rich in this field!) And 2) Do you want to work for somebody else or for yourself? Working for another shop may involve moving as those jobs are few and far in-between. And working for yourself will take time to build the business. Your best bet really (again, IMO) is to find something else that is more stable and pays better and practice taxidermy on the side and go from there. You can never have too many solid skill-sets under your belt...
     
  18. KatieC

    KatieC Active Member

    Have the art degree, wish I would've taken some business classes. But I wasn't sure what I wanted to do at the time.
     
  19. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Dangit George, I laughed so hard a little bit of pee came out.!
     
  20. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    I have a BA degree in mammalogical preservation.