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Animal Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Receives animals into facility, completes federal forms for each animal received and assigns space for animal. Maintains breeding colonies, administers medical treatment according to prescribed instructions, cleans cages and other equipment and feeds and waters animals.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of seven classifications and is distinguished from the Animal Caretaker in that incumbents are responsible for receiving animals into the facility, completing federal forms for each animal received, breeding and rearing animals and/or administering medical treatment.

Examples of Duties:

  • Receives animals into facility, matching animal to animal order and placing animal into quarantine area.
  • Completes federal forms, listing such items as weight, sex and description of animal.
  • Maintains breeding colonies of various animals, which include breeding, feeding, weaning and keeping records of activities.
  • Cleans cages, feeding equipment and animal rooms; sprays disinfectants and mops floors and walls.
  • Observes health condition and behavior of animals; reports injuries, disease or abnormal behavior to supervisor or designated person; administers medical treatment according to prescribed instructions; may give injections and take temperatures; may assist investigator with research procedures and euthanizes animals.
  • Feeds, waters and cares for animals.
  • Assigns and allocates space for animals.
  • Trains students and new employees in the care and feeding of animals and the cleaning of facilities.
  • Inventories animals by head count or weighs animal cages; moves animals to larger cages according to National Institute of Health guidelines.
  • Washes and sterilizes cages and other materials.
  • Monitors room conditions such as temperature and lighting; informs supervisor if system is not functioning properly.
  • Bills appropriate investigators for supplies used in the care and feeding of animals.
  • Transports animals and supplies to designated locations.
  • Researches techniques in feeding, watering, housing and caring for various types of animals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the environmental conditions necessary for the care and use of laboratory animals.
  • Knowledge of the feeding and reproduction of a variety of animals.
  • Skill in animal care techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND one (1) year of animal husbandry experience; OR, three (3) years of animal husbandry experience; OR, American Association of Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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