Artificial Insemination Technician

Artificial Insemination Technician

An artificial insemination (A.I.) technician uses specific tools to insert semen into female animals to assist with impregnation in the breeding of livestock species. An A.I. technician must understand animal anatomy to ensure correct placement of semen in the reproductive tract. They store, transport, thaw and prepare semen for insemination, offer reproductive consultation to breeders and farmers, and perform pregnancy checks on animals.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Provide A.I. services to clients
  • Maintain proper sanitation
  • Store, transport, 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 supervisors to better understand an operation and its goals
  • Keep records of insemination services
  • Give vaccinations as needed
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, mathematics, anatomy and computers.
Education/Training Required: 
A high school diploma is required, and a degree in animal, poultry or equine science is beneficial but not required. To preform certified A.I. work, you must have a certification in A.I. It is best to receive certification from programs that meet the recommended standards of the National Association of Animal Breeders.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Most A.I. technicians are self-employed, but companies that are vertically integrated will also hire A.I. technicians.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • National Cattleman’s Beef Association
  • National Livestock Producers Association
  • National Pork Producers Council 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$25,000
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