Animal Research Career
What to Expect?
Lots of people want to work with animals. Many people think that becoming a vet or working in a zoo is the only way to do that, but there are many other jobs where you can work with animals every single day. One of the most rewarding is animal technology…
- Most of the work takes place indoors and can involve sterile conditions or hot, humid environments. There is some outdoor work with certain species
- Working hours can vary from 7-9am and 3-5pm.
- The work can be physically demanding and tiring, and you’ll need a high level of concentration and attention to detail
- You’ll wear protective clothing, which will vary depending on the species of animal and type of study being undertaken. As a minimum, technicians wear a full outfit of clean protective clothing every day
- Animal research is a controversial issue. Although there is considerable support available from colleagues, you need to be prepared to deal with adverse comments (and sometimes actions) from members of the public or animal rights groups
As an animal technician, you’ll need to:
- Understand and adhere to UK law governing the use of animals in scientific research
- Ensure a high level of animal welfare and work to improve the quality of life for laboratory animals
- Clean cages, pens, trays, equipment and fittings, to keep animals clean and comfortable
- Feed and water animals
- Handle and move animals safely
- Check the environment (for example, temperature and humidity)
- Monitor the condition of animals and recognise and resolve any behavioural problems
- Obtain samples and measurements
- Collect and record data.