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Animal Technician

Observe and care for animals to support scientists and students with research.

What's it like to be an Animal Technician?

Animal Technicians work one-on-one with animals to support veterinary, pharmaceutical, agricultural and medical scientists and students with their work. They observe and care for animals, which are typically used for breeding, scientific and research purposes.

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Animal Technicians work indoors and outdoors in animal enclosures, in all kinds of weather. Shifts can vary and may require work at different times around the clock, seven days a week.

What can I earn as an Animal Technician?

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How to become an Animal Technician


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Animal Technicians need to have training in a related field, which will require you to have completed year 10 at a minimum or find an alternative entry pathway into a course.

  1. Obtain a Certificate III in Captive Animals (ACM30317) or a Diploma of Animal Technology (ACM50117) through TAFE or a registered training organisation.
  2. If you want to work towards becoming a Veterinarian or Zoologist, consider a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

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Latest Animal Technician reviews

Latest reviews from 7 Animal Technicians surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Being an Animal Techncian can be rewarding but can be highly competitive and stressful.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Animal Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Being an Animal Technician can be an enjoyable experience. You will have days where all the hard work you have put in has helped a with a research breakthrough. Remuneration can be very good.
The challenges
Sadly their is a lot of death to deal with and compassion fatigue is not unusual and can take it's toll on you mentally. There is also the element of over competitive co-workers looking to get ahead a...
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Animal Technician pros and cons
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Animal Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Diabetic Complications
The good things
Being an animal technician is a great job for individuals who enjoy a routine and can work autonomously. The environment is often comfortable and allows for personal time to complete tasks.
The challenges
It can often be mundane and repetitive in the company of animals such as mice and rats. The lure is an aspect of an emotional toll that occurs when working in such an industry.
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