Laboratory animal technicians study and care for a variety of animals used in research programs in medical or scientific laboratories. These animals include mice, rats, reptiles, dogs, and primates. They ensure their facility adheres to all animal welfare guidelines and standards. They prepare and sterilize laboratory equipment, disinfect cages, prepare work areas and samples. Additionally, they track the histories of the animals, give them medications, and monitor their behavior, weights, and sizes. Also, they gather and analyze data and maintain the related database.
The minimum educational requirement for this job is a high school diploma. However, many applicants have an associate's or bachelor's degree in animal science, biology, or a related discipline. Applicants must be observant, compassionate, patient, and a good communicator. You can find employment at colleges, universities, government agencies, labs, private research facilities, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, and so on. Your salary ranges from $24,000 to $37,000 with an hourly rate of $14.66.