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Job Description

An Animal Technician is responsible for the day to day care of lab animals. They may be involved with experiments involving the animals in their care as well as monitoring and maintaining the health of the animals and performing duties such as receiving new animals, cleaning and changing cages and providing food and water.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a love of animals and an interest in their care and welfare.

Most employers will expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, in English, maths and science.

It may help if you have A levels, an HND or a degree in a relevant subject, like:

  • animal care
  • animal studies
  • biology
  • pharmacology

You could do a college course in animal care skills or animal management.

Working with animals may help improve your chances of finding work. You could get paid or unpaid work experience:

  • on a farm
  • in a cattery, kennel, pet rescue centre, vets or zoo
  • in a scientific setting, like as a laboratory assistant

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. 

The Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) has more information about becoming an animal technician.

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Veterinary nurse
  • Laboratory technician
  • Animal care worker
  • Kennel worker
  • Animal technician

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Keen interest in science and working with animals
  • Work well in a team.

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £40,000

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