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Description: Provides Technical Maintenance of different species of animals and their accommodation and carries out restraint for scientific procedures on animals (e.g. injections, sampling, lambing).
Salary: £12000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.
Description: Research scientists plan and carry out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge.
Salary: £14000.00 to £60000.00 per year
Hours: 35 to 40 per week
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Description: Maintenance of equipment and facilities, including environmental monitoring. Ensure that reagents and consumables are maintained to the required levels, in compliance with the GLP/GMP regulations, MSL SOPs and Study Plans/Protocols. Initiate and assist in In-vitro testing to GLP/GMP regulatory requirements. Undertake procedures associated with mycoplasma and sterility testing.
Salary: £12000.00 to £35000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.

Animal Technician

Description: Provides Technical Maintenance of different species of animals and their accommodation and carries out restraint for scientific procedures on animals (e.g. injections, sampling, lambing).
Salary: £12000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.

Entry Requirements

  • Working experience in CL laboratories
  • Animal science qualification - eg. HND in animal care and welfare or animal management or animal science;
  • Personal Home Office Licence;
  • Working to SPF & GLP standards.

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of Animals (Science Procedures) Act 1986
  • Competence with Microsoft Office
  • Compassion and confidence in handing different species of animal;
  • Experience of multi-species animal husbandry;
  • Driving licence with trailer and competency certificate to transport animals;
  • Planning and organisation - able to work on own initiative, prioritise, plan activities taking into account deadlines and resources
  • Understanding of transmission of pathogens

Typical Day

Feeding and cleaning of animals and ensuring their comfort. Ensuring cleanliness of animal accommodation

Working with scinetists to help with carrying out scientific procedures on animals such as injections, sampling, lambing etc.

Recognition and assessment of suffering and disease in various animal species, to ensure that the Anima (Scientific Procedures) regulations are correctly applied.

Adhering to protocols regarding biosecurity.

Operating and basic maintenance of machinery e.g. tractors, forklift, cage wash, autoclave

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

Monday to Friday 8 to 5 with some evening and weekend work

Career Path

With experience more detailed work with scientists including designing studies and protocols to provide scientists with the information they require. Taking a Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science and Technology opens up opportunities. Membership of the Institue of Animal Technology and five years experience can lead to registration as a Registered Animal Technologist (RAnTech)

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