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:
- animal studies
- animal care
Experience of working with animals is also highly valued by employers.
- Level 2 Award/Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills
- Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Animal Management
- Animal Technology Apprenticeship
- GCSE grades A-C English, maths and science or equivalent 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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