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Health Careers Education
HL00467
Assistant Lab Animal Technician Training
180.00
Assistant lab animal technicians provide daily care to laboratory animals in a biomedical research setting. Emphasis is on humane care and welfare of the animals. Assistant technicians are responsible for duties such as 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 and recognizing and resolving any behavioral problems; obtaining samples and measurements; collecting and recording data; ensuring animals are kept clean and comfortable; and reporting operational issues or animal health concerns to appropriate staff members.
This course prepares students for the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification exam. In order to qualify to sit for the exam, students must meet specific education and work experience requirements designated by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), which are: No HS diploma or GED + 2 years work experience; HS diploma or GED + 1 year work experience; or 2 or more years of college education + 0.5 years work experience.
Lara Skaggs
405.743.5106
lskag@okcareertech.org
A. History and Purpose of Laboratory Animal Science and Animal Care Programs
1. Animal Experimentation
2. AALAS
3. Other Associations
4. The Role of the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician in Research
5. Ethics of Animal Use
6. The Three R's: Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction
7. Who Has Benefited From Research With Animals?

B. The Research Facility Environment
1. The Research Program
2. Members of the Team
3. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
4. The Animal Use Protocol
5. Federal, State, and Local Legislation and Guidelines
6. Career Opportunities

C. An Introduction to Science
1. Selected Scientific Terminology
2. Basic Principles of Chemistry
3. Weights and Measures

D. Cell and Tissue Structure
1. Anatomy and Physiology
2. Body Organization
3. Describing Anatomical Features
4. General Anatomic Organization

E. Organs and Organ Systems
1. Integumentary System
2. Skeletal System
3. Skeletal Tissues
4. Bone Classification
5. Muscular System
6. Circulatory System
7. Lymphatic System
8. Respiratory System
9. Digestive System
10. Urinary System
11. Reproductive System
12. Nervous System
13. Endocrine System

F. Feed and Nutrition
1. Digestion
2. The Nutrients
3. Energy Metabolism
4. Feedstuff Evaluation
5. Feed Selection
6. Practical Aspects of Feeding
7. Feed Storage and Feed Room Management

G. Heredity and Breeding
1. Genes and Chromosomes
2. Reproduction
3. Breeding Schemes
4. Mating Systems
5. Maintenance of Breeding Animals
6. Record Keeping
7. Animal Identification

H. Laboratory Animal Environment
1. Animal Rooms
2. Barrier and Containment Animal Rooms
3. Hallways and Traffic Patterns
4. Facility Security
5. Cage washing Rooms
6. Quarantine, Conditioning and Isolation Areas
7. Feed and Bedding Storage
8. Equipment Storage
9. Personnel Areas
10. Procedure Rooms
11. Emergency Backup Power
12. Hazardous Agents
13. Dead Animal Storage and Disposal
14. Caging--The Animal Room Microenvironment

I. Facility Equipment
1. Caging
2. Feeding and Watering Accessories
3. Cage washing Equipment
4. Measuring Devices

J. Hygiene in the Laboratory Animal Facility
1. Sterilization
2. Disinfection
3. Sanitization
4. Guidelines for Handling Chemicals
5. Cage Changes
6. Animal Equipment Cleaning Techniques
7. Animal Room Cleaning Schedules and Techniques
8. Other Equipment Changes
9. Environmental Monitoring
10. Vermin Control
11. Personal Safety and Hygiene

K. Animal Procurement
1. Transportation
2. Microbiological Status
3. Receipt and Physical Examination
4. Quarantine and Conditioning
5. Health Maintenance

L. Health and Disease
1. The Role of the Technician in Identifying Diseased Animals
2. Signs of Disease
3. Causes of Disease
4. Transmission of Disease
5. Monitoring Animals for Disease

M. Drug Therapy and Common Diseases of Laboratory Animals
1. Drug Types
2. Methods of Drug Dosing
3. Disease and Treatment Record Keeping
4. Diseases of Laboratory Animals

N. Euthanasia
1. Methods

O. Experimental Design and Methodology
1. The Research Project
2. Control and Experimental Groups
3. Animal Models
4. Research Methodology

P. Mice
1. Mice in Research
2. Handling and Restraint
3. Physiological Data
4. Sexing and Breeding
5. Behavior
6. Husbandry
7. Diet

Q. Rats
1. Stocks and Strains
2. Handling and Restraint
3. Physiological Data
4. Sexing and Breeding
5. Behavior
6. Husbandry
7. Diet

R. Hamsters
1. Anatomy
2. Handling and Restraint
3. Physiological Data
4. Sexing and Breeding
5. Behavior
6. Husbandry
7. Diet

S. Guinea Pigs
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

T. Gerbils
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

U. Rabbits
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

V. Cats
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

W. Dogs
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

X. Nonhuman Primates
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

Y. Swine
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Physiological Data
3. Sexing and Breeding
4. Behavior
5. Husbandry
6. Diet

Z. Sheep & Goats
1. Sheep
2. Goats

AA. Amphibians
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Sexing and Breeding
3. Behavior
4. Husbandry
5. Environmental Conditions
6. Diet

BB. Birds
1. Handling and Restraint
2. Sexing and Breeding
3. Behavior
4. Husbandry
5. Diet
6. Non-Domestic Species

CC. Miscellaneous Laboratory Animals
1. Horses
2. Cattle
3. Reptiles
4. Fishes
5. Ferrets
6. Chinchillas
7. Woodchucks
8. Opossums
9. Armadillos
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