How to become a taxidermist
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- specialist training courses
You could start as an assistant by finding a taxidermist who is willing to take you on and train you. You'll need an interest in taxidermy and some artistic ability.
It may also be possible to work as a customer service assistant in a larger workshop, dealing with enquiries and booking appointments. You would then train while working to get the skills and knowledge needed to qualify.
You could do an introductory course in taxidermy, offered by qualified members of the Guild of Taxidermists.
This would be a good way to learn more about the job and to meet people in the industry, which could lead to a trainee position.
You may find it helpful to have experience or qualifications in biology, anatomy or art and design.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Guild of Taxidermists for professional development and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about becoming a taxidermist from the Guild of Taxidermists
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