animal technicians


Stepping stones to a rewarding career

Career pathways for an animal technician

Animal technicians assist veterinary scientists and students to care for and monitor animals used for research, breeding and scientific purposes (they also work with medical, pharmacy, agricultural and general scientists).

Their work may include animal care and monitoring, preparation of food and water, carrying out of experiments on animals, monitoring and maintenance of ethics and codes of practice, and the implementation of breeding programs.

Animal technicians sometimes work in laboratories, in the field and at zoos.

They work with veterinary, medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and general scientists and students to care for and check on animals used for research, breeding and scientific purposes. Mostly they work in shifts and on weekends.

Some duties involve working with large animals and exotic species, which is often performed outdoors and conducted in all kinds of weather conditions. Much of their time is spent doing routine tasks such as cleaning exhibits and feeding animals.

Jobs and qualifications

Junior/Assistant Certificate III in Animal Technology »
Senior/Manager Diploma of Animal Technology »
Junior/Assistant

A student may be involved in a wide range of veterinary clinic tasks with a decreasing level of supervision as experience is gained.

Tasks could include: basic animal husbandry and care, carrying out clinic routines and clinic reception duties.

The certificate III in Animal Technology is the industry qualification for persons operating at a junior or assistant level and undertaking animal technology within a scientific environment.

It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to an animal technology workplace through either paid employment or a period of work placement or work experience.

Senior/Manager

The Diploma of Animal Technology is the industry qualification for persons operating at a senior or managerial level and undertaking animal technology within a scientific environment.

It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to an animal technology workplace through either paid employment or a period of work placement or work experience.

Field Assistant

A field assistant cares for large animals, such as sheep and cattle used for research purposes, which are kept in outdoor pens and paddocks.

Zookeeper

A zookeeper helps care for animals in zoos and wildlife parks, providing enrichment activities for the animals, assistance to veterinary staff and information to the public on animals and conservation.