Animal Technician

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Animal technicians look after the animals used in medical or veterinary research. They may also help scientists with experimental work.

The Work

You will mostly work with rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits, but sometimes other animals too.

You might:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

The starting salaries for trainee animal technicians are normally about £14,000 to £17,000 a year. When qualified, earnings can increase to £19,000 to £28,000 a year. Senior animal technologists can earn between £25,000 and £35,000 a year, while laboratory managers earn up to £55,000.


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Getting In

You could work in a university research department, a medical or vet school, a pharmaceutical company or a company breeding animals for research purposes. You can look for jobs in 'Animal Welfare' and the 'New Scientist' publications.

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

Around 3 million laboratory animals are used each year in the UK. Cosmetic and tobacco products are not tested on laboratory animals in the UK.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Animal Technology (IAT)
Tel: 0800 085 4380

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 646762
Twitter: @LantraUK

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Understanding Animal Research
Tel: 020 3675 1230

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