Artificial Insemination Technician

 

Overview

An artificial insemination technician inseminates animals with semen to assist impregnation in the breeding of livestock species.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Provide artificial insemination (A.I.) services to clients, use understanding of anatomy to accurately place semen in the proper place in the reproductive track
  • Maintain proper sanitation
  • Store, travel with, thaw and prepare semen for insemination
  • Promote new and current products/services to customers
  • 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 heat detection
  • Work closely with farm supervisor to better understand operation and its goals
  • Keep records of insemination services
  • Give vaccinations as needed

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required and a degree in animal, poultry or equine science would be beneficial but it is not required.  To perform certified A.I. work, you must have a certification in A.I.  The National Association of Animal Breeders has determined some recommended standards for AI Training Schools/Certifications.

 

To pursue a career as an artificial insemination technician:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, mathematics, anatomy and computer courses.  

 

Where can I work?  How much money will I make?

Most artificial insemination technicians are self-employed, but companies that are vertically integrated will also hire artificial insemination technicians.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for an artificial insemination technician will be good over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Cattleman’s Beef Association
  • National Livestock Producers Association
  • National Pork Producers Council