What does an Animal Care Technician do?

Animal care technicians provide care to animals in kennels, veterinary centers, research laboratories, and other facilities. They ensure the animals receive proper food, shelter, medical care, and human interaction. They may oversee any necessary training or rehabilitation. They are responsible for maintaining a safe, clean, and healthy environment. They monitor the animals’ health and well-being, and provide or facilitate prompt treatment for any medical concerns. They may also perform routine maintenance and cleaning tasks.

Animal care technicians have a high school diploma, although additional training or education is helpful. They often have a background in animal care or training, which may include volunteer work at an animal shelter. They must be knowledgeable about basic animal care. Experience in a veterinary care setting is an advantage.

What responsibilities are common for Animal Care Technician jobs?
  • Ensure OSE standards are maintained in the department.
  • Perform vaccinations, fecal loops, slides, etc. for the veterinarian and/or veterinary technician.
  • Responsible for the welfare of all live animals and merchandise within the department.
  • Bird tasks involve receipt, general care, feeding, inoculations, test bleeding and harvests.
  • Provide basic first aid, administer medications, ensure appropriate amount of food and water, and groom as directed.
  • Refill and restock exam/treatment rooms with appropriate medical supplies and materials.
  • Clean and disinfect areas of the hospital as often as is necessary to maintain high standards of care.
  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and climb as well as manipulate (lift, carry, move) up to 50 pounds.
  • Remove and wash soiled laundry and keep clean laundry stocked.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the hospital, including kennel area, runs, treatment area, and outside grounds.
  • Notify the Kennel Manager or Supervisor on shift of any unusual medical or behavioral problems.
  • Review, comprehends and complies with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area.
  • The role may include assistance with basic patient care such as safe restraint of patients during treatment.
  • Operate equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines. perform general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures.
What are the typical qualifications for Animal Care Technician jobs?
  • Associate's Degree in animal sciences.
  • Knowledgeable about sterilization and sanitation procedures.
  • Hands-on experience with animal care including bathing and grooming.
  • Able to display confidence, strong work ethic, and positive attitude.
  • Requires meticulous attention to detail.
  • Familiar with writing protocols.
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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Animal Care Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,369 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $40K
$53K
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Animal Care Technician Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
0%
8+
91%
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Read what Animal Care Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
The Art Farm in the CityThe Art Farm in the City
Weekend Morning Zoo Animal Caretaker/Educator
Feb 27, 2020

“I was criticized in front of clients about my performance which was unprofessional and embarrassing.”

Rivermist Pet LodgeRivermist Pet Lodge
Pet Care Associate
May 10, 2022

“things have changed but one of the supervisors were the best and really cared about your well being”

Sharelle Clipping Parlour
Animal Care
Dec 6, 2021

“I worked on a Saturday from 8am to 12am and earned £25 which was a good pay.”

VCAVCA
Kennel Technician
Jul 28, 2021

“Opportunities to work with veterinarians and vet techs to have a better understanding of the industry.”

VCAVCA
Animal Care Attendant
Feb 9, 2022

“Wages are calculated (there's a formula) based on your resume vs negotiated based on skill or competence.”

SNIFFERS Doggie Retreat & Training CenterSNIFFERS Doggie Retreat & Training Center
Animal Care
Jun 24, 2022

“Management was good depending on who you got (I went through 4 managers).”

SkiptownSkiptown
Pet Care Associate
Apr 30, 2021

“I appreciated all of the on the job training and the supervisors go out of their way to make sure everyone feels supported.”

The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center
Animal Care
Apr 11, 2020

“When I started certain tasks were unclear but this has changed and better training is provided”

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