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.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
5%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
0%
8+
91%

Animal Care Technician Seniority Levels

Veterinarian
6% made the transition
Veterinary Technician
88% made the transition
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Animal Care Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$32,404 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$24K
Median: $32K
$44K
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