About the course

About the course

Through our animal technology course, you will 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 will work with animals every day and be responsible for their care and welfare. In this course, you will gain knowledge about:

  • how to ensure the well being of animals
  • routine animal husbandry
  • basic non-surgical techniques
  • the use of anaesthesia in animals
  • animal breeding

This course will be delivered both face to face and also via MS Teams as a remote class 

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Intake Dates & Course Length


Full time: 18 months

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Career Outcomes

Our animal technology course can lead to a range of job opportunities including:

  • animal technology manager
  • facility manager
  • animal technologist
  • animal house manager
  • supervising animal technician
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Entry Requirements

You will need to be able to supply evidence of a current tetanus vaccination, completed Year 11 (or above) or be mature age.


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 successful completion of our animal technology course, you can apply for the Bachelor of Animal & Veterinary Biosciences at La Trobe University and may be eligible to receive up to 120 credit points towards your degree. Following the Bachelor, you can then apply for entry into veterinary science or alternative degree courses.

There are also pathways into Deakin University which includes entry into the Bachelor of Science 

This course may be used as a pre-requisite qualification for Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

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This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$9,585$15,642
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$1,795$1,795
Retain Course Items$100$100
Total Course Estimate$11,729$17,786
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$9,458$14,231

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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