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University Biomedical Services (UBS)


An animal technician is responsible for the care and welfare of laboratory animals used in scientific and medical research.

The work contributes to developing treatments for diseases and new methods of diagnosis. Some technologists at certain levels are also directly involved in experimental work.

The majority of animals used are rats and mice, but other species are needed. The different requirements of each species and each set of experiments means the working environment varies considerably.

Animal technicians are in daily contact with animals, therefore much of the work involves routine tasks essential to the care and welfare of the animals, including:

  • cleaning cages, pens, trays, equipment and fittings;
  • feeding and watering animals;
  • handling and moving animals safely;
  • administering medicines;
  • checking the environment (for example, temperature and humidity);
  • monitoring the condition of animals;
  • obtaining samples and measurements;
  • collecting and recording data;
  • ensuring animals are kept clean and comfortable;

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