Animal technologist apprenticeship

Carry out complex scientific procedures on laboratory animals

An animal technologist is responsible for carrying out complex scientific procedures on laboratory animals in compliance with animal welfare legislation. Organisations employing animal technologists include universities, pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations and biotechnology research and development organisations. The nature of the work and species that are used will depend on your organisation. You may work in very specific fields using only a few species, while others, such as universities, may be multispecies with a range of techniques and research fields. This role requires a high degree of technical skill and knowledge to ensure that techniques are carried out with accuracy and precision. During the animal technologist apprenticeship you’ll develop a broad knowledge of science, animal anatomy and physiology, technical in-vivo scientific procedures, including aseptic techniques, animal welfare legislation and animal husbandry, in order to practice effectively.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the animal technologist apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience, particularly where strong analytical skills are demonstrated

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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