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Senior Animal Technician

Working in research laboratories in veterinary, medical or student learning environments, as a Senior Animal Technician you would be responsible for overseeing laboratory operations, caring for and monitoring animals used for research, breeding and scientific purposes.

Summary of Training

Core Units - 15 required

  • Work within an animal technology facility
  • Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals
  • Conduct euthanasia of research animals
  • Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals
  • Manage compliance in animal technology
  • Manage and maintain the health of research animals
  • Carry out advanced breeding procedures
  • Monitor and maintain containment and exclusion procedures in animal facilities
  • Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal
  • Provide enrichment for animals
  • Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • Perform aseptic techniques

Elective Units – 5 required

  • Administer anaesthesia and perform surgery on animals for scientific purposes
  • Review and monitor research proposals for an Animal Ethics Committee
  • Analyse and present research information
  • Schedule laboratory work for a small team
  • Prepare tissue and cell cultures

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Animal Care and Management

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Animal Control & Technology

IICertificate II
IIICertificate III
IVCertificate IV
AdAdvanced Diploma

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Gardening, Farming, Animals & Environment

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Nature & Recreation

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The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 18/19: 323

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Senior Animal Technician - ACM50119
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 26/09/2019, rounded estimates for April 2018 to March 2019. This data is for general information purposes only.

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