Hear from an Artificial Insemination Technician in the Video Below!
What is your name and occupation? Please briefly describe what your job entails (roles and responsibilities). What would you say is the most exciting part of your job? What skills should you know to be successful in your occupation? What is the minimum degree that you need to acquire for your job and/or what classes are most pertinent? What do you like best about your job?
Job DescriPTION and Primary ResponSIBILITIES:
An artificial insemination technician (AI technician) uses tools to insert semen into female animals to make them pregnant. An AI technician must have understand the reproductive anatomy of dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, horses, and poultry to ensure they have the correct site of semen deposition. AI technicians must also ensure that they maintain records of semen storage and that they regularly maintain their semen tank. Responsibilities: Artificial insemination technicians must perform AI on animals in a timely manner to ensure they are bred during the proper heat cycle. They must store, thaw, transport, and deposit semen correctly for the maximum likelihood of pregnancy. They must understand reproductive protocols on each client farm and provide consultation as needed. AI technicians must also perform proper animal handling techniques and monitor animals for proper health and welfare.
Recommended High School Courses:
A high school diploma and artificial insemination certificate is required
An associate's degree or bachelor's degree in animal science, poultry science, or equine science is beneficial
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:
National Association of Animal Breeders
American Dairy Science Association
National Cattleman’s Beef Association
National Livestock Producers Association
National Pork Producers Council
State, regional and local breed and species associations