How do I Choose a Taxidermy School?

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  • Last Modified Date: 18 December 2018
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There are several methods of training for taxidermists, including one-on-one instruction with a professional taxidermist, apprenticeship to a taxidermist, online taxidermy schools and in-person taxidermy schools. Choosing a school of taxidermy that is right for the person and their time-management needs is the most important step. Students must decide if they want to devote their efforts full time to their schooling, or if an online taxidermy school that allows students to work at their own pace would be the best option. While apprenticeships are the most common way that new taxidermists start off in the business, schooling is a close second.

Most taxidermy schools in the United States are trade or technical schools, offering two or fewer years of study in the chosen field. These programs require the student to attend classes at a brick-and-mortar school. Taxidermy as an occupation is best learned in a hands-on environment, and a trade or technical taxidermist school is considered the second best option, while an apprenticeship in the field is the favored path. Online taxidermist schools do not offer the hands-on experience or the correction needed to adequately teach the subject, however they are still a popular choice for many students due to time, financial and location considerations.


When choosing a taxidermy school, a student should ask about the accreditation carried by the school, if any, as well as the credentials and experience of the instructors they will be working with. Potential students are advised to seek out a local professional or trade organization in taxidermy. Often these groups have lists of programs that their members have graduated from. When choosing a taxidermy school, it is advised to seek out former students, and ask current students about their experiences, if possible. An online school that offers an internship or a co-op agreement for on-the-job training is also preferred by potential employers, but it is not required.

Many taxidermists choose to go into business for themselves. It is advised that a person investigate the chosen taxidermy school to see if business management courses are offered as well. If not, many business owners and former students recommend taking these courses independently at another location. Some geographic locations require certification tests before a taxidermist can practice his art, and a student should inquire about any test preparation that may be necessary by calling a local professional organization.



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