£17,000 Starter - £28,000 Experienced
38 to 40 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeship
You could do a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in animal care, animal studies, applied science or animal management in order to get a career as an Animal Technician. You may need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a Level 2 course and 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or the equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
You could get into this job through an animal technologist Level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or the equivalent, including English and maths, for a Level 3 apprenticeship.
Further informationWorking with animals or in a lab may help improve your chances of finding a job or training. You could get work experience: on a farm in kennels, an animal welfare centre or zoo in a laboratory setting.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to use your initiative
- sensitivity and understanding
- thinking and reasoning skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- administration skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll do
As part of your day-to-day duties you will:
- provide exercise, food and water to the animals
- carry out regular observations
- make sure that animals are clean and comfortable
- control heating, lighting and humidity
- monitor animals' weight and behaviour
- follow hygiene rules in the facility
- keep accurate records
You could work at a research facility.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience and training, you could become an animal technologist, animal welfare officer, unit supervisor or manager.
You could also specialise in breeding, immunology or training.