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