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.
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
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
- Keen interest in science and working with animals
- Work well in a team.
£15,000 to £40,000