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Laboratory Animal Technologist Training
Laboratory animal technologists are highly skilled and proficient at performing the tasks related to laboratory animal science. In addition to being able to perform these daily tasks independently, technologists may also be involved in designing studies and setting the conditions and protocols that will provide scientists with the information required. To do this, they need to understand the physical, behavioral and environmental needs of individual species, and be able to predict and interpret the animals' responses. Experienced technologists help to breed animals especially for use in research. They monitor pregnancies, care for newborn animals and measure weight gain and growth. Technologists also play a key role in selecting animals for studies and carrying out and developing dosing, assessment and sampling techniques. Some understanding of the science supporting individual studies is required in this instance. In many instances, technologists perform managerial duties and are responsible for training and monitoring laboratory technicians
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills covered in Laboratory Animal Technician Training and prepares students for the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) 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 + 5 years work experience; any AA/AS degree + 4 years work experience; any BA/BS degree + 3 years work experience; or LAT certification (plus HS diploma/GED or college or higher degree) + 0.5 years of work experience after receiving LAT certification.
Lara Skaggs
A. Personnel Management

1. Management Skills
2. Planning & Organizing
3. Staffing
4. Training
5. Managing People
6. Managing Time
7. Staff Satisfaction & Productivity
8. Monitoring
9. Disciplining & Terminating Employees

B. Facility Management

1. Animal Facility Management
2. General Responsibilities
3. Financial Planning
4. Monitoring Budgets
5. Institutional Cost Recovery

C. Facility Security & Disaster Planning

1. Facility Security
2. Risk Assessment
3. The Security Plan
4. Disaster Planning
5. After the Disaster

D. Regulations

1. Regulations
2. Animal Welfare Act & Regulations
3. Facility Documentation Required by the USDA
4. PHS Policy on Humane Care & Use of Laboratory Animals
5. AAALAC Accreditation
6. Facility Inspections
7. Controlled Substances
8. Local & State Laws
9. Good Laboratory Practices
10. Humane Transportation of Laboratory Animals
11. OSHA
12. Regulations Associated with Radioactive Materials
13. Medical Waste Handling & Disposal
14. Biosafety
15. FOIA & Public Access to Documents

E. Health Surveillance & Quality Assurance

1. Health Surveillance and Quality Assurance Programs
2. Animal Procurement
3. Animal Health Determination
4. Environmental Factors in Health
5. Microbial Monitoring of the Environment
6. Equipment Monitoring & Cage and Equipment Sanitization
7. Environmental Monitoring
8. Genetic Monitoring
9. Quality Assurance Program
10. Good Laboratory Practice Regulations

F. Occupational Health & Safety

1. Occupational Health and Safety Programs
2. Hazards in the Animal Facility-Physical
3. Hazards in the Animal Facility-Chemical
4. Hazards in an Animal Facility-Biological
5. Infectious Agents & Recombinant DNA
6. Zoonoses
7. Ionizing Radiation
8. Exposure History Records
9. Minimizing Exposure to Occupational Hazards
10. Waste Disposal
11. Emergencies & First Aid

G. Introduction to Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry

1. Organic Chemistry
2. Biochemical Compounds
3. Biochemistry & Animal Models of Disease

H. Molecular Biology

1. Structure of DNA and RNA
2. Replication and Transcription
3. Translation
4. Techniques in Molecular Biology
5. Genetic Engineering

I. Immunology

1. The Immune System
2. The Principle of Immunization
3. Diseases of the Immune System
4. Transplantation
5. Use of Antibodies in the Research Setting

J. Genetic Engineering

1. Making the DNA for Genetic Engineering
2. Producing Transgenic Animals
3. Techniques in Creating Transgenic Animals
4. Maintaining Transgenic Animals
5. Transport of Genetically Modified Animals
6. Facility Environment
7. Public Perception & Biomedical Contributions

K. Gnotobiotics

1. Equipment for Gnotobiotics
2. Laminar Flow Cabinets
3. Gnotobiotic Methodology

L. Agents of Infectious Disease

1. Bacteria
2. Bacterial Identification
3. Viruses
4. Prions
5. Fungi
6. Parasites
7. Parasites: Helminthes
8. Arthropoda
9. Prevention, Control, & Treatment of Infectious Disease

M. Common Diseases of Laboratory Animals

1. Overview Of Common Diseases
2. Rats and Mice
3. Hamsters
4. Gerbils
5. Guinea Pigs
6. Rabbits
7. Ferrets
8. Dogs
9. Cats
10. Nonhuman Primates
11. Ruminants
12. Horses
13. Swine
14. Frogs
15. Fish

N. Diagnostic Techniques
1. Diagnostic Techniques
2. Parasitology
3. Hematology
4. Serology
5. Urinalysis
6. Microbiology
7. Necropsy
8. Histopathology
9. Radiology & Radiation
10. Other Imaging Techniques

O. Pharmacology
1. Pharmacology
2. Drug Classification
3. Routes of Administration
4. Choosing a Route of Drug Administration
5. Dosage Forms
6. Drug Therapy
7. Distribution & Elimination of Drugs
8. Factors that Influence Drug Responses
9. Controlled Drugs
10. Commonly Used Drugs
11. Read the Product Labels!

P. Anesthesia & Analgesia
1. Anesthesia
2. Anesthetic Dose Calculation
3. Anesthesia Regimen
4. Induction & Maintenance Anesthetics
5. Hypnotic or Dissociative Agents
6. Anesthetic Agents for Fish & Amphibians
7. Inhalant Anesthetics
8. Inhalant Anesthesia Systems
9. Local Anesthetics & Neuromuscular Blockers
10. Monitoring General Anesthesia
11. Analgesia
12. Postanestheisa & Emergency Care
13. Euthanasia

Q. Experimental Design & Data Handling
1. The Experimental Design
2. Research Terms and Concepts
3. Basic Concepts in Data Analysis
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Health Science Biotechnology Research and Development Laboratory Animal Science Technologist