About the course

About the course

Our animal technology course allows you to gain industry knowledge and learn the practical skills required to work as an animal technician in a medical research facility or similar establishment.

As an animal technician you’ll be responsible for the daily care and welfare of animals. In our animal technology course, you’ll learn about:

  • ensuring the well-being of animals
  • routine animal husbandry
  • basic non-surgical techniques
  • using anaesthesia in animals
  • animal breeding

To deepen your understanding of theory and to gain practical experience, work placement within the Box Hill Institute animal facility will be completed during your first year.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Febuary 2019

Full time: 9 months

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Career Outcomes

Prospective job roles covered by this qualification include:

  • animal technician
  • laboratory animal technician
  • technical officer
  • field technician
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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • completed Year 10 or equivalent
  • the physical ability to perform practical work placement in industry
  • evidence of your current tetanus vaccination


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After succesful completion, you may wish to apply for entry into higher level animal technology courses.  

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,430.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $486.00
Full Tuition Fee $10,530.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$1,085.40
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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