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Animal Lab Technician

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Education
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€18k >  
Animal Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 -  
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Start: Min Wage 17.5k
Data Source(s):
FAS

Last Updated: March, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Look after and breed laboratory animals used in medical, veterinary and dental research.


The Work header image

Animal technicians are responsible for the care and welfare of animals in laboratory research. Scientific research uses three million animals each year. Many scientists see the research as essential to human health and quality of life, although alternative methods and technologies are reducing the number of animals involved. Researchers have developed drugs and medicines, and improved knowledge of diseases and surgical techniques. Animal technicians must keep meticulous records detailing all procedures and developments surrounding the animals.  
 
Research usually involves rats and mice. However, technicians may look after a wide range of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, monkeys, farm animals, fish and insects. This means that technicians must learn to adapt to the animals' different health and nutritional needs, and patterns of behaviour.  
 
Animal technicians carry out routine aspects of animal care. They feed and water the animals, and clean cages, rooms and equipment. They make sure animals are comfortable and that they are not suffering unnecessarily.  
 
Technicians use nutritional knowledge to prepare special diets. They are in daily contact with animals, and are able to detect early signs of disease, illness, and changes in behaviour.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Hold or restrain animals during veterinary procedures.

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Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.

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Fill medication prescriptions.

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Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses or injuries.

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Monitor animals recovering from surgery and notify veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms.

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Clean, maintain, and sterilize instruments or equipment.

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Examine animals to detect behavioral changes or clinical symptoms that could indicate illness or injury.

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Educate or advise clients on animal health care, nutrition, or behavior problems.

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Administer medication, immunizations, or blood plasma to animals as prescribed by veterinarians.

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Collect laboratory specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces for testing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have a thorough and methodical approach to monitoring animals. Good attention to detail is important, for example, when measuring feed, or the height and weight of newborn animals. You must have good observation skills to identify subtle differences in an animal's behaviour. You will need good communication skills, to express your findings and concerns clearly, either to other technicians or to research scientists.  
 
Physical fitness is important because the work involves standing, lifting and carrying. This type of work may be unsuitable if you have skin allergies.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Institute of Animal Technology
  Address: 5 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JL, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)800 085 4380
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Veterinary Council of Ireland
  Address: 53 Landsdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 668 4402
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Veterinary Ireland
  Address: 13 The Courtyard, Kilcarbery Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12
  Tel: 01 457 7976
  Email: Click here
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