Diploma of Animal Technology - ACM50119

Box Hill Institute, TAFE VIC

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 02411J

This qualification is the industry qualification for individuals aiming to operate at a senior technician or managerial level, undertaking animal technology functions within a biomedical research, teaching or production environment. Job roles covered by this qualification may include:\tFacility manager\tAnimal technician (senior)\tAnimal house supervisor.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory body.


  • Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals
  • Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • Monitor and maintain containment and exclusion procedures in animal facilities
  • Provide enrichment for animals
  • Review and monitor research proposals for an Animal Ethics Committee
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals
  • Manage and maintain the health of research animals
  • Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • Work within an animal technology facility
  • Prepare for and assist with aseptic animal surgery
  • Develop and maintain laboratory documentation
  • Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • Manage complex projects
  • Perform histological procedures
  • Conduct euthanasia of research animals
  • Assist to collect and transfer embryos of mice
  • Schedule laboratory work for a small team
  • Supervise laboratory operations in work or functional area
  • Provide basic care of mammals
  • Provide basic care of amphibians
  • Carry out advanced breeding procedures
  • Provide basic care of marine fish
  • Manage compliance in animal technology
  • Provide basic care of marine invertebrates
  • Provide basic care of birds
  • Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • Perform aseptic techniques
  • Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • Analyse and present research information
  • Perform caesarean procedures on mice or rats
  • Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
  • Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • Perform microscopic examination
  • Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates
  • Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal
  • Prepare tissue and cell cultures
  • Provide basic care of freshwater fish
  • Undertake scientific/technological research
  • Administer anaesthesia and perform surgery on animals for scientific purposes
  • Process and interpret data
  • Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Elgar Domestic: $9,585

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