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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.


  • perform daily checks and record the health status and behaviour of animals in their care
  • prepare food and water and provide care for laboratory, field or zoo animals
  • look after zoo exhibits, holding or breeding areas and equipment
  • assist in return-to-the-wild programs
  • carry out experiments using animals, recording the results under supervision and according to relevant codes of practice, and the organisation’s animal experimentation ethics committee rules
  • take samples of animal body fluids, faeces or tissue for analysis or veterinary inspection.