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Laboratory Animal Technician Training
Laboratory animal technicians are expected to have a deeper knowledge of animal care and laboratory procedures than assistant lab animal technicians. Although many of the duties are the same, they are often expected to work with minimal supervision. Laboratory animal technician duties may include: maintaining clinical records on animals under veterinary observation and treatment; performing routine clinical procedures on a variety of laboratory animal species including animal restraint, handling, examinations, blood and tissue collection, calculation of dosage and administration of medications, diagnostic laboratory tests and sample preparation, radiology, and necropsy; performing procedures without close technical supervision in a clinical or laboratory animal setting; providing animal health care under veterinary supervision; and providing psychological and environmental enrichment to a variety of laboratory animal species.

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills covered in Assistant Lab Animal Technician Training and prepares students for the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) 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: HS diploma or GED + 3 years work experience; any AA/AS degree + 2 years work experience; any BA/BS degree + 1 year work experience; ALAT certification (plus HS diploma/GED or college or higher degree) + 0.5 years of work experience after receiving ALAT certification; or ALAT certification (without HS diploma/GED or college or higher degree) + 2 years of work experience after receiving ALAT certification.
Lara Skaggs
A. Public and Private Interests in Animal Research

1. Competitive Federal Grant
2. Private Funding Sources
3. Federal and State Legislation and Guidelines
4. Institutional Guidelines
5. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

B. Administrative Responsibilities

1. Record Keeping
2. Budgets
3. Cost Accounting
4. Time Management

C. Laboratory Techniques

1. Injection Techniques
2. Blood Collection
3. Other Techniques

D. Genetics and Breeding

1. Heredity
2. Reproduction and Breeding
3. Mating Systems
4. Breeding Schemes
5. Other Breeding Aspects
6. Genetic Engineering

E. Anatomy and Physiology

1. Body Organization
2. Integumentary System
3. Skeletal System
4. Muscular System
5. The Circulatory System
6. Lymphatic System
7. Respiratory System
8. Digestive System
9. Urinary System
10. Reproductive System
11. The Nervous System
12. The Endocrine System

F. Laboratory Animal Facility Equipment

1. Equipment, Environment, and Hygiene
2. Laboratory Animal Facility Equipment
3. Animal Facility Designs
4. Caging Systems
5. Restraint Equipment
6. Maintenance and Use of Equipment

G. The Laboratory Environment

1. Humidity and Temperature
2. Air Exchange
3. Other Environmental Variables
4. Sanitation
5. To Disinfect or to Sanitize
6. Sterilization
7. Vermin Control
8. Safety and Hygiene
9. Environmental Enrichment

H. Animal Health Maintenance

1. Animal Acquisition
2. Transportation
3. Receiving
4. Shipping
5. Quarantine and Conditioning
6. Quality Assurance and Monitoring
7. The Effects of Disease on Research
8. Classification Base Microbiological Status

I. Health and Disease

1. Disease Terminology
2. Preventing and Curing Disease
3. Identifying and Treating Common Diseases

J. Diagnostic Techniques

1. Anatomical Pathology
2. Clinical Pathology
3. Diagnostic Imaging

K. Aseptic Technique, Surgical Support and Anesthesia

1. Surgical and Research Techniques
2. Aseptic Technique
3. Pre-Surgical Care of the Patient
4. Anesthesia
5. Post-Surgical Care of the Patient
6. Assessing Pain and Distress

L. Emergency Veterinary Care

1. Emergency Care
2. Emergencies Related to Surgical Procedures
3. Non-Surgical Emergencies

M. Research Methodology

1. Research Methodology
2. Toxicology
3. Immunodeficiency Models
4. Antibody Production
5. Cancer Models
6. Cannulations and Implants
7. Behavioral Motivation Experiments

N. Calculations and Conversions

1. Calculations and Conversions
2. Preparation and Conversion of Percentage Solutions
3. Molarity and Molality
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Biotechnology Research and Development Laboratory Animal Science Technician
Health Science Biotechnology Research and Development Laboratory Animal Science Technologist