Animal Technologist Duties and Responsibilities
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.
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
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
- 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
- Maintains records on post-op, pre-op, and intensive care
- Issues animals to investigators, selecting animals to meet
- 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
- Knowledge of veterinary surgical techniques and medical
- 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
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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