How to become a Animal Technician

Animal technicians help veterinary, medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural and general scientists and students to care for and check on animals used for research, breeding and scientific purposes.

Personal requirements of a Animal Technician

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Interested in animals, their welfare and conservation
  • Able to handle animals with confidence and patience
  • Able to make accurate observations
  • Free from allergies aggravated by animal hair, feathers, fur and dust
  • Able to undertake manual and sometimes heavy work

Education & Training for a Animal Technician

To become an animal technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in animal technology, captive animals or laboratory technology specialising in biological testing, environmental monitoring or biotechnology. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or have access to a relevant workplace. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.You can also become an animal technician through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 32.7%

NT 0.8%

QLD 27.5%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 20.6%

WA 9.7%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 43.2%

Female 56.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 15.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 5.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 28.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 25.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.7%

Above 35 years: 66.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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