Animal technicians are responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in scientific and medical research. If you want to work with animals and are interested in scientific research, a career as an animal technician could suit you.
Roles and responsibilities
What does an Animal Scientist do?
Animal Scientists may perform the following tasks:
- cleaning cages, pens, trays, equipment and fittings
- feeding and watering animals
- handling and moving animals safely
- administering medicines
- checking the environment (for example, temperature and humidity)
- monitoring the condition of animals and recognising and resolving any behavioural problems
- obtaining samples and measurements
- collecting and recording data
- ensuring animals are kept clean and comfortable.
What personal requirements will you need?
- a love of animals and a willingness to care for them
- attention to detail
- good mathematical and computing skills
- high levels of concentration
- a responsible attitude and an understanding of the need for confidentiality
- a good standard of physical fitness
- a willingness to work as part of a team
- good communication skills, as it is often necessary to consult with a variety of professionals
- an awareness of the ethical issues surrounding this work.
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