Animal technician

Alternative titles for this job include Animal technologist

Animal technicians look after animals in laboratories.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become an animal technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You could do a higher national diploma or degree in:

  • pharmacology
  • biology
  • animal studies
  • animal care

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • GCSE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C) or above
  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a science, for a degree

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College

You could do a Level 3 Diploma in:

  • animal care
  • animal studies
  • applied science
  • animal management

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an animal technologist advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Career tips

Working with animals or in a lab may help improve your chances of finding a job or training.

You could get work experience:

  • on a farm
  • in kennels, an animal welfare centre or zoo
  • in a laboratory setting

Further information

You'll find out more about careers and training from the Institute of Animal Technology.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • providing exercise, food and water
  • carrying out regular observations
  • making sure that animals are clean, comfortable and behaving as expected
  • controlling heating, lighting and humidity
  • monitoring weight and growth
  • keeping accurate records

Working environment

You could work at an animal research facility.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior animal technologist, unit or section supervisor or manager. 

You could also specialise in breeding, immunology or training.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an animal technician right now.

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Courses In England

CERT L2 ANIMAL CARE 16-18 ONLY

  • Provider: SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Paignton

ANIMAL CARE LEVEL 2 DIPLOMA EDEXCEL

  • Provider: Central Bedfordshire College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: DUNSTABLE

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