Animal technicians are responsible for the day-to-day needs of laboratory animals.

What does an animal technician do?

Animal technicians work in animal facilities in universities, medical and vet colleges, pharmaceutical companies, laboratory animal breeders or contract research facilities. You would carry out routine tasks, including:

  • feeding the animals, monitoring their weight and growth and carrying out regular health checks
  • making sure the animals are clean and comfortable
  • controlling heating, lighting and humidity
  • exercising and training the animals
  • keeping accurate records and entering data 

What do I need to do to become an animal technician?

There is no set entry route but most employers will expect you to have grades A-C GCSEs in English, maths and science or equivalent qualifications.

Many new animal technicians have A levels, an HND or a degree in a relevant subject, which could include:

  • pharmacology
  • biology
  • animal studies
  • animal care

Experience of working with animals is also highly valued by employers.

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Numeracy

Vocational route

  • Level 2 Award/Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills
  • Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Animal Management
  • Animal Technology Apprenticeship

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Maths

Essential qualifications

  • GCSE grades A-C English, maths and science or equivalent qualifications

Desirable qualifications

  • A levels, HND or degree in a relevant subject, which could include pharmacology, biology, animal studies or animal care

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You would mainly be based in purpose-built animal facilities but, with larger species such as farm animals, there would be some outdoor work. 

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