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Animal technician

Alternative titles for this job include Animal technologist

Animal technicians look after animals in research laboratories.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter

to

£28,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

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How to become

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How to become an animal technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

College

You could do a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in:

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

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, 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), or equivalent, 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

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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
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • administration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties you will:

  • provide exercise, food and water to the animals
  • carry out regular observations
  • make sure that animals are clean and comfortable
  • control heating, lighting and humidity
  • monitor animals' weight and behaviour
  • follow hygiene rules in the facility
  • keep accurate records

Working environment

You could work at a research facility.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and training, you could become an animal technologist, animal welfare officer, unit supervisor or manager.

You could also specialise in breeding, immunology or training.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Diploma in Animal Care

  • Provider: ACHIEVEMENT TRAINING LIMITED
  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Plymouth

ANIMAL CARE INTERMEDIATE

  • Provider: ISLE OF WIGHT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Newport

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