Diploma of Animal Technology

National Code: ACM50119
TAFE SA Code: TP01165


Learn how to care for animals in a scientific, biomedical research, teaching, or production setting with this industry-standard qualification. You’ll gain the skills you need to work as a senior technician, animal house supervisor, or facility manager. Learn about containment and exclusion, anaesthesia, non-surgical procedures, compliance, animal health and wellbeing, enrichment, nutritional requirements, simple breeding procedures, and workplace safety. Advance your animal technology career with TAFE SA.

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12 months 

Full Time

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Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need good communication and interpersonal skills, ability to stand for long periods and meet physical demands of manual handling, ability to deal with bodily fluids and collect tissue samples, numeracy skills, basic computer and technology skills and ability to manage own allergies if necessary.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$35.00 for a scrub top.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This is the industry qualification for persons aiming to operate at a senior or managerial level and undertaking animal technology functions within a biomedical research or production environment. Job role titles covered by this qualification may include animal technology manager, faculty manager, animal technologist, animal house manager, supervising animal technician.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Animal Technology (ACM50119)
    This qualification provides skills in containment and exclusion, anaesthesia, non-surgical procedures, compliance, animal health and wellbeing, enrichment, nutritional requirements, simple breeding procedures and workplace safety. To complete this qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out advanced breeding procedures 40
    Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal 80
    Communicate effectively with clients and team members 30
    Conduct euthanasia of research animals 30
    Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals 60
    Manage and maintain the health of research animals 80
    Manage compliance in animal technology 30
    Manage workplace health and safety processes 80
    Monitor and maintain containment and exclusion procedures in animal facilities 60
    Perform aseptic techniques 40
    Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals 60
    Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals 60
    Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits 40
    Provide enrichment for animals 40
    Work within an animal technology facility 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Comply with industry animal welfare requirements 40
    Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work 100
    Prepare for and assist with aseptic animal surgery 80
    Prepare tissue and cell cultures 50
    Provide basic care of common native mammals 40
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)
    Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)
    Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)
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