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Animal Technologist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs blood tests on animals, administers medical treatments under prescribed instructions, performs clinical rounds, maintains breeding colonies, and reports maintenance needs to appropriate party. Inventories and requisitions food, bedding and cleaning supplies for the facility, ensuring proper billing. Assists in animal surgeries, issues animals to investigators, and manages quarantine for new animal species.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fifth in a series of seven classifications and is distinguished from the Animal Health Care Technician in that incumbents do not spend the majority of their time in health care duties. This classification is distinguished from the Animal Technicians in that incumbents do not spend the majority of their time in husbandry, inventory and requisition supplies, issue animals and assist in animal surgeries.

Examples of Duties:

  • Inventories and requisitions items such as food, bedding, and cleaning supplies; ensures facility is properly billed.
  • Organizes, rotates, and restocks supplies.
  • Performs blood tests on animals.
  • Maintains breeding colonies of various animals that include breeding, feeding, weaning, and keeping records of activities.
  • Calls appropriate parties to perform repairs of equipment and facilities.
  • Observes health condition and behavior of animals; reports injuries, disease or abnormal behavior to supervisor and/or designated person; administers medications and treatment and performs veterinary procedures.
  • Performs clinical rounds in the post and pre-operative rooms and in the intensive care room to observe the clinical health and well being of laboratory animals and reports abnormalities to the veterinarian.
  • Provides post, pre-operative, and intensive care ensuring recovery from anesthesia is satisfactory and incisions and sutures are intact; assists during surgery and necropsy procedures.
  • Maintains records on post-op, pre-op, and intensive care patients.
  • Issues animals to investigators, selecting animals to meet investigator's needs.
  • Keeps records of medications, supplies, and special services rendered and initiates billing charges.
  • Cleans animal rooms, and feeds and waters animals in rooms.
  • Transports animals and supplies to designated locations.
  • Euthanizes sick animals.
  • Coordinates work activities of subordinates.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Knowledge of the environmental conditions necessary for the care and promotion of animals in a laboratory setting.
  • Knowledge of the feeding and reproductions of a variety of animals.
  • Knowledge of veterinary surgical techniques and medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of the principals, practices, and theories of veterinary nursing care.
  • Skills in animal care techniques.
  • Skill in maintaining detailed records and inventories.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques in handling large and small animals.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND two (2) years of animal husbandry experience; OR, American Associate for Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG); OR, Associate's degree in Animal Science or related field AND four (4) years of animal husbandry experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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