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What is a professional taxidermist?

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Jesse W., Dec 6, 2006.

  1. Jesse W.

    Jesse W. New Member

    I read many ads in papers,buisiness cards,and so on. Some say professional taxidermist after their names and some don't. Is there actually a professional level you need to meet in taxidermy to put "PT" behind your name in your ads? I know taxidermist should always act perfessional in their taxidermy work. I'm just curious about the "PT" labeling. Thanks. J.W.
  2. I would think anyone who gets paid to do work would be considered a pro.

  3. Hunter1

    Hunter1 Guest

    Just kinda like people advertising Federal and State Licenced Taxidermists
    False sense of security to the general public, most states ...pay the fee and the license is your no experience needed or required. Same with the Federal .
    It's advertising BS, that's all
  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    BS it may be, but everybody is selling something, and it might as well be your level of skill that you worked hard to acheave. Professional Taxidermist sounds better then Novice Taxidermist, or Beginner taxidermist.
  5. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    A professional taxidermist might be a person who has reached a level in their taxidermy career to meet the requirements by their clients who pay for their sevices. Someone who has the skills it takes to achieve quality work in the eyes of their clients while receiving payment for the work being done. Heck, I don't know, I'm pretty tired right now!
  6. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    hmm, that's a good question. Not sure I've met very many that are "professional", at least most don't act like it. (a little humor, don't take it seriously) I'd say it's someone that does taxidermy for more than just a hobby.

    Never thought about adding a "PT" after my name, kinda like the sound of it. It "looks" more professional kinda like a doctor or something. Heck, I don't know, I'm just a redneck.

    Becky P., PT (LOL)
  7. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    I would hope that it is a level that they have participated and ribboned in a State competition. At least that is why I have it on my business cards. If I go up a level, I will be glad to buy new cards.
  8. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    I know what you mean Mr. T. I sure would like to have a "MT" (master) after mine. Someday...
  9. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    If I were a physical therapist and I saw someone with a PT after their name, I'd be as pissed as I am about hearing someone addressed as "doctor" when they only have a freaking PhD in harmonica playing.
  10. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    But George you're not a physical therapist, you're a professional taxidermist. LOL
    hmm, pt could be part time too. There's a lot of part time taxidermists out there.
  11. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    George, it's not hard to play a harmonica, to get a PHD in it is.

    George Roof, POS. Professor Of Satire

    You are my hero George. ;)
  12. Dean

    Dean New Member

    Just because you get paid for attempting to do taxidermy, doesn't make you a professional. I like the ones that advertise award winning, and have never competed a day in their life. County fair and 4H ribbons don't count. A taxidermist near me is promoting himself as a deer specialist and award winning and the best around. I called the taxidermist this fall to see what he had to say. I said. " I see you're an award winner. He responded "Ya, I've competed at the major competitions all over the place and won a lot of awards. ( I know for a fact that he has never been to one.) Then I aked him which competitions and what awards did you win? Can you tell me more about them? His responce was. Hello, Hello, you're cutting out, I can't hear what you said. Then hung up and wouldn't answer again. He must have forgot that he was on his land line and not the cell phone number he had listed. He's the same guy that has opened and closed shops for the third time under different business names. He also never lists his name. The last time he was open. He took in work for two years and big deposits, then closed up shop and laid low for a while, moves and re opens with a different name. Over 30 of his customers called me looking for him so I heard the same story many times,straight from the horses mouth on the amount of money lost, and worse yet the trophies lost. I'd like to see some type of certification so they have to prove they are qualified to do taxidermy before they can call themselves a professional taxidermist. I just hate seeing people getting screwed by hacks They are trusted with trophies that are as important as their own kids, and end up wrecking them.
  13. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Mike, you forgot to add the "tanned in an old fashion hair dryer" method on your card. LOL
  14. RJ Simington

    RJ Simington Active Member

    advertising that you are a proffetional is making a statement that you are willing to do a job for hire & to get it done in a timely & proffetional manner.

    Unfortunately it does not have anything to do with your individual aptitude to accomplish the job you are advertizing.

    We see it every day & almost everywhere a taxidermists that is doing Substandard work & passes it off to his or her unknowing client, that it is the best quality around.

    It Should have a lot to do with Self pride & being honest to your clientel.

    I have seen a couple of people that took over someone elses business advertize that they have over 20 years experience when that person has actualy not even been in the taxidermy field for more than two years OR they just came out of some school that pumped them up & told them they acheived 3 years experience just for attending their 30 day school.

    THAT IS B S.

    Your level of acheivement should be set on what YOU can do as a taxidermist & not taking credit for someone elses hard earned reputation.

    I wish there was a certain level of aptitude in the taxidermy feild you had to obtain before you could apply for a permit or license, it might weed out some of the people passing on bad taxidermy work & we could get a higher level of quality through out our feild.

    Of coarse these are just my feelings so go ahead & chew my butt now.
  15. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    I'm not chewing RJ, Would you rather be addressed as Master Taxidermist, ( as you are) or just Professional? You ethics scream Professional, but you do Masters work. What would you rather be called?
  16. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    RJ, you are so right. Texas is about to make us get a permit, but for what I don't know, it proves nothing.
  17. Ain't we CheesHeads Smart ! Michael, a Pre-Pat costs only 100$ ! ;)
    Don't forget the *Made in Wisconsin with Pride Logo !
  18. Got to say ! I think I saw you before, on the home end-zone !?
    Go Pack ! The only thing out there with a "Bigger Rack" than you got ,..Are the CheerLeaders!
  19. Thats OK,...Have a Brewski and a Brat ! ;)
  20. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Mike, them Bunker Sisters need some Firearm Safety lessons.