Career as an Artificial Insemination Technician

Do you want to work as an artificial insemination technician?

READ: This page helps you to read about the career and the info you need to decide on whether this is indeed the career you want to follow.

RESEARCH: ​Learn about the skills required and minimum subjects to enter this career, as well as the places where you can study further after school.

PREPARE: If you want to plan and prepare for the career, then join the OZT Community! Members have access to tools, while chatting with other students and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!

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1. What is an artificial insemination technician?

An artificial insemination technician uses specific tools to insert semen into female animals to assist with impregnation.

Alternative Names

The career can also be known as:

  • Artificial Breeding technician

What is AI?

Artificial insemination (AI) is the process of collecting sperm cells from a male animal and manually depositing them into the reproductive tract of a female.

Market value?

The global veterinary artificial insemination market size is expected to reach USD 4 billion

2. What does an Artificial Insemination Technician do?

Career Categories

The Artificial Insemination Technician career can be found in the following career categories:

  • Health
  • Business

What does an Artificial Insemination Technician focus on?

The primary focus of artificial insemination technicians is to store, transport, thaw and prepare semen for insemination, offer reproductive consultation, and perform pregnancy checks on animals.

What are the daily tasks of an Artificial Insemination Technician?

  • Provide services to clients
  • Maintain proper sanitation of equipment
  • Store, transport, thaw and prepare semen for insemination
  • Offer reproductive consultation to breeders and farmers
  • Perform pregnancy checks on animals
  • Use humane handling practices when working with the animals
  • Oversee and assist with female ovulation detection
  • Keep records of insemination services
  • Administration and filing

3. The working environment of an Artificial Insemination Technician

Where does an Artificial Insemination Technician work?

Environment –

Animal insemination technicians will work mainly indoors, usually within stables or pens, where they can work with animals in a suitable environment.

Places of Employment –

Most artificial insemination technicians do work for large veterinary practices, research institutions, large breeding farms, or even government. A smaller group are self employed and work on contract.

What is the average annual salary of an Artificial Insemination Technician?

On average the income per year is around $38,000. This will differ from country to country.

What difficulties can an Artificial Insemination Technician face?

The most difficult part is working with difficult animals. They may also work in areas less tidy, such as barns and pens. They may also work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines. They may also need to travel extensively, and on short notice.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The market has seen a positive growth in will do so in the future.

4. Which Skills are required by an Artificial Insemination Technician?

The skills required for a career as an artificial insemination technician can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship

Career Skills

Life Skills
40%
  • ​Good animal care knowledge
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills
60%

5. Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

6. What will I need to Study to become an Artificial Insemination Inspector?

Minimum Requirements

To become an Artificial Insemination Technician requires at least a College Diploma. Some do progress to a more formal University Degree, or even a Master’s.

Study Focus

Major –

In subjects such as biology, zoology, animal science or animal husbandry.

Short Courses –

As the field progresses, new techniques and equipment will always require additional short courses.

Study Duration

The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.

Possible Career Preparation Paths

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career

Being an Artificial Insemination Technician can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like low marks in school, or expensive studies).

You can begin as an intern technician after a college diploma, basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a cartoonist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior technician, expert or veterinarian.

Join the Artificial Insemination Technicians Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

7. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

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8. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards artificial insemination, reproduction and animal husbandry.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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