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ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Animal Technician I (7872)

ABOLISHED 06/04/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-17 - Animal Technician I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: ST32
  • Class Code: 7872
  • Established: 11/02/1967
  • Revised: 04/24/1974
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision, in a training capacity, to learn to provide care for a variety of laboratory animals to maintain animal quarters; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The class of Animal Technician I is primarily a training class. Assignments involve elementary animal care accompanied with observation, study, and training.

Typical Tasks

Performs routine feeding and watering of laboratory animals; cleans animal cages and equipment; applies basic principles of sanitation and disinfection; prepares reports and animal identification records; observes and learns to test for normal health behavior in laboratory animals; learns basic systems of biology, including structure and function of organ systems, sexing of animals, gestation periods, weaning ages; and keeps animal resource facilities clean and in accord with approved procedures.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Basic record-keeping methods.


Ability to: Follow written directions, perform simple mathematical computation; learn methods of animal care; learn basic principles of sanitation, disinfection, and personal hygiene. Capacity to learn and follow strict procedures in accord with advanced laboratory methods.

Special Personal Characteristics

Keen interest in animals; freedom from symptoms of allergy associated with or attributed to the presence of animals; restraint and concern in the handling of laboratory animals; willingness to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays.

  Updated: 10/4/2017
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