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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:

Pay

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 £20,000 a year. Senior animal technicians can earn up to £28.000 a year and chief technicians up to £35,000 a year, while facility managers or specialists earn up to £40,000, sometimes more.

Conditions

You should be aware that:

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
7083
1.3 %
RISE
2023
7177
  United Kingdom
2018
76091
0.4 %
RISE
2023
76424

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

3.79 million procedures were carried out on laboratory animals in the UK in 2017. Cosmetic and tobacco products are not tested on laboratory animals in the UK. Most research animals are rodents, followed by fish and birds.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Animal Technology (IAT)
Tel: 0800 085 4380
E-mail: admin@iat.org.uk
Website: http://www.iat.org.uk/animalwork
Twitter: @InstAnimalTech
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstAnimalTech/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

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

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