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Working As An Animal Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $31,800

    Average Salary

What Does An Animal Technician Do At Kelly Services

* Responsible for the physical environment for a group of assigned laboratory animals and provide routine husbandry.
* Keep Vivarium Supervisors abreast of vivarium operations.
* Work with cage and rack washer and autoclave machines.
* Perform routine animal health observation.
* Receive animals and maintain records of animal delivery from vendors.
* Maintain facility cleanliness.
* Maintain vivarium areas in accordance with company policies, standard operating procedures, and guidelines.
* Maintain accurate supply and equipment inventories for assigned areas of the vivarium and storage rooms, which includes receiving and distributing various shipments of different weights.
* Maintain accurate records in a legible and organized manner health checking and facility records.
* Job Duties and Responsibilities:
* High school diploma or equivalent.
* Animal care experience ALAAS certification is highly desirable and is a plus.
* Some knowledge in animal husbandry including mice, rats, etc.
* Some skills in performing assigned husbandry tasks.
* After training, able to perform assigned tasks without supervision.
* Ability to apply principles of sanitation and disinfection.
* Flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying work loads.
* Flexibility to work varying schedules.
* Ability to work weekends, holidays, and evenings
* Legible writing skills and ability to keep well-documented, accurate work records.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Able to work in a high-paced, quality service environment.
* Must be detail oriented and able to multi-task.
* Excellent work ethic and must be a team player.
* Demonstrated proficiency and accuracy in basic mathematical computation i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages.
* Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
* Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
* For immediate consideration, apply today

What Does An Animal Technician Do At Colorado State University

* 1) daily animal care; (2) monitoring health, census, environmental parameters, and biosecurity measures associated with research animal management, and problem solving when variations in these measurements are not within acceptable standards; (3) coordinating & advising on equipment and disposable supply needs for maintenance of animal health and in accordance with SOP’s; (4) coordinating, advising on medical and/or research procedures with LAR veterinarians and investigators; (5) attending investigator staff meetings when appropriate to be apprised of ongoing studies; (6) planning, initiating and supervising sample and data collections, breeding colonies and other technical procedures as required by individual research projects; (7) training other LAR or investigator staff in research procedures in biosafety level 2 and 3 facilities; (8) participating in preparation and QA monitoring of sterile materials required to insure animal biosecurity;
* other duties as required.
* Animal husbandry work is physical, and entails standing, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions.
* Staff work in various environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity and dusty surroundings.
* Some of the research at CSU involves infectious diseases.
* We ensure biosecurity and the safety of our staff by requiring personal protective equipment (such as respirators and Tyvek suits), tuberculosis testing, vaccinations and showering.
* CSU has a large variety of animal species, and applicants must be willing and able to work with all types of animals.
* Required Job Qualifications
* Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of relevant, animal experience, OR an Associate degree with 2 or more years of relevant, animal experience.
* Preferred Job Qualifications
* Experience working with a variety of animal species.
* Experience working in a research setting, biomedical research preferred.
* ALAS certification (ALAT, LAT or LATg).
* Experience or training related to ABSL2 and ABSL3 biocontainment.
* Experience performing animal welfare assessment and monitoring environmental conditions.
* Experience performing animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, sanitation, etc.).
* Experience following SOPs, protocols or other procedural guidelines.
* Experience with generating and maintain records such as medical, inventory, maintenance logs, etc.
* A degree in a related field such as animal sciences, veterinary technology, zoology, etc.
* Diversity Statement
* Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
* Essential Duties
* Application Details
* Special Instructions to Applicants
* This is an open pool posting and applicants will be contacted when a position becomes available.
* Please apply with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, and 3 professional references.
* References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
* A $1,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.
* Certification at the AALAS assistant technician level (ALAT) is required within 1 year of hire.
* This open pool posting is valid through 9/12/2018.
* Applicants wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
* Conditions of Employment
* Search Contact
* stacie.magruder@colostate.edu
* EEO Statement
* Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.
* Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
* The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
* The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523
* The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523
* Background Check Policy Statement
* Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students.
* To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks.
* The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification.
* Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
* References Requested
* References Requested
* Minimum Requested
* Maximum Requested
* Supplemental Questions
* Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* Applicant Documents
* Required Documents
* Cover Letter
* Resume
* Optional

What Does An Animal Technician Do At Texas A&M University

* Performs husbandry duties for assigned conventional and specific pathogen free research animal colonies.
* Follows established protocols and procedures and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulation and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use.
* Observes all laboratory animals in assigned work areas and reports any sick, injured or distressed animals.
* Records accurate daily observation of animals and environmental parameters.
* Cleans and maintains laboratory animal care areas and cage wash area and documents sanitation and maintenance of assigned areas.
* Operates cage washers and autoclaves, including reporting any malfunctioning equipment and documenting daily equipment performance.
* Transports animals, caging equipment, bulk feed, and bedding materials.
* Participates in training and continued education activities as required by federal guidelines and accreditation standards.
* Interacts and communicates effectively with Texas A&M University research staff and Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) staff.
* Attend meetings as required.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does An Animal Technician Do At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

* individual provides animal clinical care and treatment to research animals as prescribed by the ARF Technologist II and as directed by the Technical Services Manager or Attending Veterinarian.
* Under the direction of the Technologist II may assist in packing and shipping sentinel animals to Charles River Laboratories for diagnostic testing.
* Must be able to sex and wean mice, and identify animals by ear punch, ear tag number or toe clip.
* Maybe asked to assist in some technical support duties.
* Must be able to understand and follow ARF standard operating procedures and DFCI institutional guidelines and policies.
* Individual must understand and follow the local, state, federal and regulations and guidelines.
* Routine handling, restraint, identification (including ear notching, tagging, tattooing, and toe clipping) and sexing of common laboratory animals.
* Ability to distinguish various common laboratory animal strains in accordance with standardized genetic nomenclature and phenotype identification.
* Responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate records, including but not limited to breeding records, health monitoring reports, receipt of sentinel animals and animal disposition logs.
* Requires a working knowledge of basic computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and other related software.
* Responsible for monitoring animal colonies for injured, sick, moribund, or dead animals and recording/reporting any findings.
* Responsible for maintaining animal health records for on-going treatments in the HMR/IACUC database.
* Monitoring Emergency Separation Notices, separating overcrowded cages as necessary, transcribing correct animal information onto cage cards after separations, and entering information accurately into Technical Services database.
* Assists the Technologists II in collection of sentinel animals.
* This includes accurate sentinel animal identification (room/rack #) for scheduled shipment to Charles River Laboratories for pathogen testing.
* Blood collection and serum preparation for sentinel animals in ABSL
* suite.
* Responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate records, including but not limited to; technical service records, animal census, sterilization logs, breeding records, transgenic data, anesthesia machine logs, animal receiving and disposition logs, etc.
* Performs quarterly environmental testing of the animal facility, including equipment, surfaces and RO water.
* High school diploma required.
* A BA/BS in Animal Science or related life science preferred.
* LAT preferred.
* years of work experience in small animal studies in academia or industry preferred.
* Knowledge in animal studies including IP, IV, SQ injections, oral gavage, blood collection, and minor surgical procedures preferred (e.g., renal capsule implants, mammary fat pad implants, prostate implants).
* Prior preclinical PET/SPECT/CT, MRI, BLI and ultrasound experience preferred.
* Must be organized and meticulous in record keeping.
* Ability to communicate and collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team.
* Excellent interpersonal skills are required.
* Individual must be able to safely handle, restrain, perform treatments and euthanize laboratory mice as directed.
* An understanding of mouse breeding colony maintenance required for establishing breeding colony pairs, sexing animals, weaning pups and entering colony data on cage cards and in computer database.
* Previous experience working with infectious agents (ABSL
* level) would be helpful but not required.
* In-house training will be provided prior to working in ABSL
* areas.
* Dana
* Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.
* Job ID: 2017
* Grade: 18

What Does An Animal Technician Do At Henry Ford Health System

* Clean and disinfect animal cages, pens and heavy floor grates via water hosing method or automatic machine cage washing device.
* Mix chemical cleansing agents and solutions (e.g. bleach, acid cleaner and tri-quat) to sanitize and disinfect bottles, pans, pails, cages, pens and entire work area.
* Sweep and mop floors using push broom, dry mop or wet-n-dry vacuum.
* Load animal cages, pans and racks into cage washer ensuring the acid and soap levels are full and replacing the barrels as needed.
* Monitor and record the water temperature of the cage washer to ensure that proper sterilization is achieved.
* Remove soiled bedding and defecation from cages into refuse cans to be incinerated or disposed of in dumpster.
* Incinerate deceased animals and dispose of remains accordingly.
* Transport refuse and empty into large outdoor dumpsters.
* Place fresh bedding materials in animal cages, pens and pans
* Responsible for using a floor scrubber and fogging machines to clean the animal facility.
* Receive and store animal feed, bedding and supplies and transport heavy animal feed and bedding bags using moving equipment to appropriate locations.
* My assist in animal identification procedures; maintain applicable charts and records; catch, restrain and cage various extremely light to very heavy animal species ranging in weight from 70g
* lbs.
* May assist in the transportation of animals and supplies via motor vehicle.
* May assist in performing simple routine animal husbandry activities in accordance with the National Institute of Health (NIH), the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and established research protocols.
* Provide and maintain housing and food for all laboratory animal species.
* Observe, monitor and report health status of laboratory animals.
* Maintain safe working conditions at all times by using equipment and supplies following appropriate safety procedures; protect against controllable fairly predictable hazards wearing safety masks, goggles, gloves, boots and other protective clothing
* Complete work assignments represented by frequent handling and transporting of semi-sedentary to very heavy animal species and other equipment and supplies
* Attend departmental staff meetings.
* Participate in continuing education and employee training programs.
* May require rotation through several on-campus and off-campus research facilities

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How To Become An Animal Technician

There are primarily two levels of education for entry into this occupation: a 4-year program for veterinary technologists and a 2-year program for veterinary technicians. Typically, both technologists and technicians must pass a credentialing exam and must become registered, licensed, or certified, depending on the state in which they work.


Veterinary technologists and technicians must complete a postsecondary program in veterinary technology. In 2015, there were 231 veterinary technology programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Most of these programs offer a 2-year associate’s degree for veterinary technicians. Twenty-three colleges offer a 4-year bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology. Nine schools offer coursework through distance learning. 

People interested in becoming a veterinary technologist or technician should take high school classes in biology and other sciences, as well as math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although each state regulates veterinary technologists and technicians differently, most candidates must pass a credentialing exam. Most states require technologists and technicians to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

For technologists seeking work in a research facility, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) offers the following certifications for technicians and technologists: Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) and Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG).

Although certification is not mandatory, workers at each level can show competency in animal husbandry, health and welfare, and facility administration and management to prospective employers. To become certified, candidates must have work experience in a laboratory animal facility and pass the AALAS examination.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Veterinary technologists and technicians spend a substantial amount of their time communicating with supervisors, animal owners, and other staff. In addition, a growing number of technicians counsel pet owners on animal behavior and nutrition.

Compassion. Veterinary technologists and technicians must treat animals with kindness and must be sensitive when dealing with the owners of sick pets.

Detail oriented. Veterinary technologists and technicians must pay attention to detail. They must be precise when recording information, performing diagnostic tests, and administering medication.

Manual dexterity. Veterinary technologists and technicians must handle animals, medical instruments, and laboratory equipment with care. They do intricate tasks, such as dental work, giving anesthesia, and taking x rays, which require a steady hand.

Problem-solving skills. Veterinary technologists and technicians need strong problem-solving skills in order to identify injuries and illnesses and offer the appropriate treatment.

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  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Swedish

  • Chinese

  • Ukrainian

  • Czech

  • Dakota

  • Japanese

  • Deseret

  • Slovak

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Thai

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Real Animal Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Animal Technician 9 Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 15, 2016 $53,323
Animal Technician Kelly Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 16, 2013 $50,067
Animal Technician Flying Triangle Ranch, LLC Craig, CO May 24, 2016 $43,472
Animal Technician The Rockefeller University New York, NY Jun 05, 2012 $43,300
Animal Technician University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Nov 02, 2012 $29,307

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Top Animal Technician Skills

  1. Laboratory Animal Care
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Animal Husbandry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organize the scheduling of surgical procedures and maintain files of commonly used procedures and equipment.
  • Coordinated daily animal husbandry of several species such as rabbits, rats, and mice.
  • Performed euthanasia of animal with an understanding and compassion.
  • Used aseptic techniques on care of pathogen free rodents and felines and the training of personnel and investigators of these techniques.
  • Collaborate with USDA representatives during site inspections.

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