Animal technologist (level 3)
Working with laboratory animals.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Health and science
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Animal technician
- Animal technologist
- Animal welfare officer
- Laboratory inspector
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Plan scientific procedures to meet objectives and deadlines. Identify resources, equipment and consumables required for the tasks.
- Handle, sex and health check the species in accordance with animal care and welfare standards appropriate to the current legislation and organisational policies.
- Recognise and report the clinical signs of ill health, stress and pain in the species under their care.
- Conduct scientific and animal husbandry procedures in accordance with health and safety and animal welfare legislation.
- Handle and restrain animals in a manner that ensures high standards of animal welfare and in accordance with good scientific practice. For example, appropriate animal restraint, manipulation of equipment used to administer or withdraw biological samples.
- Carry out scientific tasks following Standard Operating Procedures or other relevant risk management systems.
- Maintain the work environment, take bio-security measures and follow hygiene controls.
- Record and store scientific outcomes in accordance with data protection regulations and company procedures.
- Identify ethical responsibilities, best practice and obligations, including the application of the 3Rs (Reduction, Replacement and Refinement).
- Analyse, interpret and evaluate data (e.g. breeding or environmental data) and identify outcomes requiring further investigation seeking advice of senior colleagues where appropriate.
- Identify potential problems completing scientific procedures, troubleshooting to resolve the issue or escalating accordingly. Document and communicate actions in line with company protocols.
- Communicate effectively using a full range of skills and tools: speaking; listening; writing (including the use of digital or paper-based record keeping systems); body language; presentation.
- Safely transport physical resources within the work area.
- Maintain stock levels of resources, equipment and consumables and taking into account environmental sustainability.
- Ensure that equipment is in good working order and calibrated where needed.
- Identify process improvements and implement changes or make recommendations in line with organisation procedures.
- Keep up to date with developments in best practice and advances in technology and share best practice.
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