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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6881


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Salary Range 14 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540


The LABORATORY ANIMAL TECHNICIAN 2 provides routine care (food, water, bedding, housing) and performs routine technical procedures under specific conditions as required for research on a variety of research animals (e.g., rodents, rabbits, pigs, sheep, cats, dogs, poultry).


This is the second level of a two-level series. It is distinguished from the lower level by increased responsibility for providing animal care and procedures under specialized projects which require attention to research criteria. At this level, there is less concentration on routine care and feeding tasks. Employees in this class have greater freedom to choose work priorities and less need for task instruction.


  1. Technical Procedures. Typical tasks: cares for an animal population under designated environmental conditions (e.g., within specific pathogen free (SPF) area for breeding colony of immune deficient rats, requiring gowning and specialized sterilization techniques); provides requested data and procedures as directed for research project (e.g., records conception dates, monitors gestation, and x-rays 90 days from conception to establish fetal development for research); prepares parasite slides for parasite exams; draws blood samples from animals as requested (e.g., prepares site by shaving and cleansing, performs venapuncture, collects blood in appropriate quantity from appropriate site depending on species of animal); assists with surgery preparation (e.g., shaves, washes, secures and restrains animal); euthanizes animals as instructed (e.g., performs cardiac punctures on rabbits, utilizes C02 gas chamber); separates and houses quarantined animals.
  2. Animal Care. Typical tasks: performs vaccinations and inoculations; prepares special diets and liquids according to instructions of veterinarian; clips toenails and teeth of animals; waters and feeds animals (e.g., rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs, sheep) following specific instructions; removes soiled bedding and debris from animal cages or runs; takes dirty cages to washroom or washes housing area; transfers animals from soiled area to clean area; replaces soiled bedding with clean bedding materials (e.g., shredded newspapers, hay, shavings, gravel); cleans fight wounds and scratches and applies salve; checks for parasites and treats as appropriate; applies routine medications as prescribed by veterinarian (e.g., injections, salves and creams); places identification tags or notches on animals' ears.
  3. General Maintenance. Typical tasks: cleans animal areas and rooms (e.g., cleans dog runs, animal kennels, cages, animal racks); shovels bedding; sweeps and mops floors; washes counters, sinks, and walls; cleans surfaces with disinfectants; operates mechanical washing equipment (e.g., cage washing machine, power sprayer).
  4. Observation and Records. Typical tasks: checks animals daily for signs of abnormal behavior, illness, or injury; reports observed findings to supervisor (e.g., dull coat, dull eyes, listlessness, weight loss); records animal population data; records requested environmental data (e.g., room temperature, lighting); signs area work sheet for work performed; fills out death record on dead animals and bags and removes animal as instructed.
  5. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: may perform some but not all of the following tasks: demonstrates to research staff, investigators, and/or student workers animal handling, husbandry, and equipment use; prepares animals for shipping and transport; loads, unloads, and/or delivers ordered animals; assists in training of new employees; assists in restraining animals for examination; helps in maintaining an open acreage, pasture, barns, (e.g., sprays fertilizers, mows grass, maintains fences); assists in the maintenance of equipment.


Employees in this class have occasional contact with research investigators, research staff, and/or veterinarians, through written instructions or in-person contact, to receive instructions on animal care and report on animal's condition. Employees in this class may also have occasional contact with vendors delivering animals and supplies and with student workers to demonstrate and direct work.


Employees in this class receive general supervision from an Laboratory Animal Technician Supervisor or a research assistant who provides work assignments, verbally and in writing. Work is reviewed by informal observation and upon completion for conformance to agency procedures, policies, and timeliness.


Positions in this class are primarily found in higher education institutions and facilities working in animal research. They require the willingness to maintain a proper attitude toward the purpose of animal research and the treatment and use of animals in that environment. Some positions require the willingness to perform or assist in animal euthanasia.


  • Two years of experience in the care of experimental animals in a research setting; OR
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.