Animal technicians take care of the laboratory animals that are used in biotechnology research, veterinary research, and product testing. Laboratory animals play an important role in helping scientists understand how drugs behave in a biological system.
The most commonly used animals are mice and rats however; a wide variety of animals can be used. These include birds, fish, frogs, sheep, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, cattle, cats, hamsters, dogs, and monkeys. Animal technicians often assist scientists with experiments and may have to perform simple medical procedures.
Animal technicians usually require an associate degree in animal science, veterinary technology or related program. Some animal technicians may be hired with only a high school diploma and one to 3 years of experience. Many employers may require additional certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).
$9.50 - $14 per hour