Lab Animal Tech

Laboratory animal technicians who are sometimes called laboratory animal care workers take care of animals that are housed in laboratories for teaching purposes or for use in scientific research. Some research involves studying animal behavior but it can also entail studies on drugs or basic medical research. Depending on the specific laboratory animal laboratory technicians may care for mice guinea pigs rats rabbits monkeys dogs birds frogs snakes fish or insects. They make sure the animals have food and water. They also check the cages to make sure they are clean and that the animals do not show any evidence of injury or disease. Laboratory animal technicians are usually in charge of keeping records on each animal as to diet weight and medication. They make sure that the temperature humidity and sanitary conditions of the lab meet the required standards. They order laboratory supplies including food for the animals. In some cases they assist scientists in tasks related to their research and some may be in charge of administering medications or treatments according to strictly prescribed instructions. According to the website laboratory animal technicians must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some employers prefer to hire individuals that have completed post-secondary courses or have an associate’s degree from a community college in biology or animal care. Individuals may earn certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) but this is not usually a requirement and most laboratories provide on-the-job training. The website says that the median hourly wage for laboratory animal technicians is approximately $8.00.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $20654
High Salary: $24960
Low Salary: $16348
Tasks: Provides clinical care of laboratory animals.
Administers medicine to animals.
Conducts physical examinations of animals.
Collects animal bodily fluid specimens.
Also Called: Laboratory Animal Caretaker
Lab Tech
Clinical Animal Caretaker
Animal Research Technician
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