Expand mobile version menu
  Skip to main content

What They Do

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists Career Video

Insider Info

Physiology is the science that deals with the normal function of organisms and their parts. An animal physiologist is a person who studies how animals function. That study can include how certain animals react or interact with factors such as temperature, air quality, disease, diet and poisons.

Animal physiologists conduct research in a variety of areas. These can include reproductive physiology, clinical and molecular endocrinology (dealing with hormones), renal physiology (dealing with the kidneys), toxicology (the study of poisons) and molecular genetics (the study of hereditary traits).

Once the research is done, the scientist will write about the work. They will have studies, analyses and overviews published in trade journals. Plus, many animal physiologists teach at the college level or work for pharmaceutical, feed or other companies.

Animal physiologists can work in the classroom, in laboratories and even in the field. That was the case with Jane Goodall, one of the most famous animal physiologists of all time.

Animal physiologists often work long days. They often conduct, analyse or write about research after normal working hours.

There are no special physical requirements.

At a Glance

Study how animals function

  • Animal physiologists conduct research in a variety of areas
  • Many also teach
  • A master's degree is good, but a PhD is better


  • Email Support

  • 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927)
    From outside the U.S., please call +1 (424) 750-3900


Powered by XAP

OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.