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Technician - Animal Science

Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Technician – Animal Science

Christchurch based

Permanent, Proportional 0.5FTE (18.75 hours per week)

  • Provide a high level of husbandry/health care for all housed animals
  • Organise teaching/animal room consumables and teaching resources
  • Oversee students working in the animal house for workplace training

Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant and progressive tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region.  Our talented staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners are passionate about the role they play in our students' success.

The Role

As an Animal Science Technician you will be responsible for the day to day and future developments of the animal room. This will include caring for all housed animals, collecting resources and preparing class materials for the veterinary nursing and animal care programmes, maintaining work and teaching areas, updating and maintaining animal use records and inventories and overseeing students in the care, welfare and handling of animals.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant animal science qualification
  • At least 1 year of experience working with small mammals, birds and reptiles
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Current NZ Drivers’ License
  • Genuine passion to work with animals, demonstrating care and compassion
  • Knowledge of disease management/recognition and general health and husbandry care of animals
  • Working knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and relevant compliance requirements under the Animal Ethics Committee
  • A strong sense of responsibility and proven organisational skills


In return we offer and encourage professional and skill development, considerate employment conditions, a great central city location and access to modern on-site facilities.

To Apply

We accept applications via our online application system. For a job description and to apply online please visit Any questions should be directed to People and Development on 03 940 8623 or

Applications close – Tuesday 6 December 2016