Qualification details

ACM50110 - Diploma of Animal Technology (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ACM50117 - Diploma of Animal TechnologyUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 28/Nov/2017
Supersedes RUV50104 - Diploma of Animal Technology 10/Nov/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/Nov/2010

Units of competency

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ACMOHS501A - Manage occupational health and safety processesManage occupational health and safety processesSupersededN/A
ACMATE304A - Conduct non-surgical procedures on animalsConduct non-surgical procedures on animalsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE306A - Provide basic care of marine fishProvide basic care of marine fishSupersededN/A
ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogsProvide basic care of dogsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE312A - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbitsProvide basic care of rodents and rabbitsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE308A - Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesProvide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesSupersededN/A
ACMGAS302A - Provide enrichment for animalsProvide enrichment for animalsSupersededN/A
ACMATE502A - Manage and maintain the health of research animalsManage and maintain the health of research animalsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE309A - Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesProvide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesSupersededN/A
ACMATE302A - Carry out institution containment and exclusion proceduresCarry out institution containment and exclusion proceduresSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 512299 Practice Managers Nec 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6392-11 Veterinary Nurse 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Animal Care and Management 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Animal Technician 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 512299 Practice Managers Nec 11/Nov/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6392-11 Veterinary Nurse 11/Nov/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 11/Nov/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification 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. It is highly recommended that while undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to an animal technology workplace through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks.

Job roles 

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

  • Animal technology manager
  • Facility manager
  • Animal technologist
  • Animal house manager
  • Supervising animal technician.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • direct entry
  • after achieving ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • after achieving ACM30210 Certificate III in Animal Technology
  • vocational training, work experience or skills recognition.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake graduate level study to provide advanced skills and knowledge for further pathway advancement.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , Legislative , Regulatory or Certification Considerations 

Regulatory compliance with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes applies to some units of competency. In addition, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • analyse and apply technical information
  • analyse data and information to determine implications for work operations
  • communicate with all people at all levels of the organisation in a professional manner
  • complete a range of workplace documentation and records
  • select communication technologies to support work operations
  • demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people
  • develop work instructions, specifications and procedures
  • select and apply documentation, communication and interpersonal strategies when dealing with internal and external clients
  • select communication methods according to priority, cost and audience needs.


  • determine performance required to meet internal and external customer needs
  • facilitate team achievements
  • lead cooperative work relations with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
  • manage organisational processes and provide problem solving support to others
  • provide leadership.

Problem solving

  • identify and address potential and actual problems associated with work operations or in achieving work outcomes
  • investigate problem causes and implement corrective strategies
  • identify environmental features, regulations, legislative requirements and other factors which may affect the process or service to be provided
  • use material and process knowledge to solve problems
  • identify hazards and suggest control measures
  • analyse animal welfare and safety practices.

Initiative and enterprise

  • determine and act on situations requiring further information or problem solving
  • determine information gathering requirements to monitor work processes and procedures
  • determine quality and other indicators of work outcomes
  • identify efficient production processes
  • implement continuous improvement processes
  • provide leadership in the workplace.

Planning and organising

  • demonstrate time-management skills
  • determine resource requirements
  • determine work timelines and quality service targets
  • identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures
  • optimise work processes.


  • analyse implications of relevant Acts and regulations on work practices
  • conduct work reviews to determine improvement requirements
  • determine workplace procedures and instructions
  • monitor work operations and identify and act on any quality and performance issues
  • manage own time to meet deadlines.


  • assess work data and information to identify areas for improved performance
  • be supportive, assertive and use interpersonal skills to encourage workplace learning
  • develop learning opportunities
  • gather feedback on own work to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives and integrate information into own practice
  • identify own training needs and seek skill development if required
  • maintain currency of industry skill and knowledge.


  • ensure readiness and operational efficiency of workplace technology
  • help others use technology efficiently and safely
  • select computer software applications to perform work operations
  • work with technology safely and according to workplace standards.

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

A total of twenty-three  (23 ) units  of competency must be achieved as specified below.

  • Complete fifteen  (15 ) CORE units
  • Complete five  (5 ) ELECTIVE units from Group A
  • Complete three  (3 ) ELECTIVE units from Group B.

CORE : Complete the following fifteen  (15 ) units 


Work within an animal technology facility


Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures


Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals


Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals


Conduct euthanasia of research animals


Manage compliance in animal technology


Manage and maintain the health of research animals


Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing


Provide enrichment for animals


Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals


Carry out simple breeding procedures


Manage occupational health and safety processes


Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits


Perform aseptic techniques


Process and interpret data


Group A : Complete five  (5 ) units from the following list 


Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal


Administer anaesthesia and perform surgery on animals for scientific purposes


Carry out advanced breeding procedures


Manage the parturition of transgenic mice or rats


Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Analyse and present research information


Schedule laboratory work for a small team


Develop and maintain laboratory documentation


Supervise laboratory operations in work/functional area


Manage complex projects


Undertake environmental field-based monitoring


Prepare tissue and cell cultures *(prerequisite MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques )

Group B : Complete three  (3 ) additional ELECTIVE units from within ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course . Units selected must be aligned to qualifications at Certificate III or higher level and be relevant to work undertaken in an animal technology sector. Suggested units are:


Provide basic care of amphibians


Provide basic care of birds


Provide basic care of common native mammals


Provide basic care of dogs


Provide basic care of domestic cats


Provide basic care of marine fish


Provide basic care of freshwater fish


Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates


Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates


Provide basic care of mammals


Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles