How to become an animal technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could apply directly for trainee animal technician jobs with GCSEs in maths, English and science. In addition, some employers may also expect you to have animal care and laboratory skills. You could gain these through a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in:
- animal care or animal management
- applied science
- laboratory animal science and technology
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
You could gain some of the skills needed for this role, from an animal care and welfare assistant intermediate apprenticeship.
Depending on your previous experience and qualifications, you may be able to do an animal technologist advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You may be able to apply directly if you have previous experience as an animal care assistant or veterinary nurse.
Experience of lab techniques as well as handling and caring for animals, may 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 science laboratory
The Animal Technician Development Programme may also help you gain relevant skills.
Find out more about career pathways and training for animal technician and animal technologist roles from the Institute of Animal Technology.