Laboratory Animal Science Technologist
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 animalsâ€™ responses. Experienced technologists help 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; therefore, some understanding of the science supporting individual studies is required. In many instances, technologists perform managerial duties and are responsible for training and monitoring laboratory technicians. Certification is recommended, but not necessary for job placement.