Research Laboratory Animal Care Technician Career
If you are working as a Research Laboratory Animal Care Technician, you likely study and care for a variety of animals involved in research programs. You are responsible for providing basic care to lab animals such as mice, rats, reptiles, dogs, and primates. You also ensure that lab animals are treated humanely and with respect. Working in this capacity you may also have the title of Animal Care Provider, Animal Caregiver, Inpatient Technician Assistant, Research Animal Attendant, Small Animal Caretaker.
- Provide for the care, health and well-being of animals used in research.
- Administer to the animal related needs of researchers through dissemination of knowledge and resources.
- Feed, bathe, and exercise animals.
- Clean and disinfect cages, kennels, and examination and operating rooms.
- Restrain animals during examination and laboratory procedures.
- Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and equipment.
- Monitor and care for animals after surgery.
- Help provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals.
- Administer medication or immunizations.
- Assist in collecting blood, urine, and tissue samples.
Median Wage May 2019: approximately $30,000 annually
Universities are the main employers for Research Laboratory Animal Care Technicians. There is a very strong job outlook as opportunities in this subsector are projected to increase 16% 2019-2029.
For more information
- Laboratory Animal Management Association
- International Council for Laboratory Animal Science
- Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
- Animal Research Info
- Animal Health Institute
- American Society of Animal Science
- Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians
- LAMA Review
- Harvard Magazine – Animal Research (from the archives)
- Journal of Animal Science
- Frontiers in Animal Science (Journals)
- Translational Animal Science
- Animal Frontiers
- Animal Cognition – Springer Journal
Research Laboratory Animal Care Technicians often hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree, and a 2-year associate degree is encouraged. Individuals can prepare for such a career by taking biology and other science courses in high school.
To find an institution of higher education that offers a program relative to your career aspirations as a Research Laboratory Animal Care Technician, the easiest place to start for most people is to perform a simple search by area of interest. Overall, there are certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs in public and private postsecondary colleges and universities across the country in the following areas:
- Animal Science
- Animal Genetics
- Agriculture and Biotechnology
- Animal Biology
- Agricultural Animal Breeding
- Animal Health
- Animal Nutrition
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