Laboratory animal technician - Salary and Career
Biology Technicians

Laboratory animal technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They manage and care for the health of animals in vivariums, such as: rats, mice and hamsters, assist in animal experimentation, handling chemicals, collecting tissues, transplanting skin, making slides, freezing and transferring embryos, preparing the environment and materials applied to the animal husbandry, monitor the environmental and physical conditions of the vivarium, dispose of biological material, operate machinery and equipment. The activities are performed according to good practices, standards and technical and biosafety procedures.

How much does an Laboratory animal technician earn

A Laboratory animal technician earns between $1.282 and $4.879 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.201 and a median salary of $1.856 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 393 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Laboratory animal technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.201 26.417 550 10
1º Quartile 1.282 15.382 320 6
Median Salary 1.856 22.270 464 9
3º Quartile 3.721 44.647 930 18
Higher Salary 4.879 58.543 1.220 23

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • biology technicians
        • biology technicians

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Main workplaces

Biology Technicians work is carried out indoors, during daytime hours, or by shift rotation. The professionals work, mostly, as salaried employees, with a formal contract. They work under occasional supervision, organized in a multidisciplinary team, in research and development centers, universities and in the health area. In some of the activities they carry out, they are exposed to noise, radiation, high temperatures, toxic material and biological and allergenic risks.

What does it take to work in the field of Biology Technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a technical course in biology (high school level) or similar areas.

Functions and activities of Laboratory animal technician

Biology Technicians must:

  • caring for animal health in animal facility;
  • aid in animal experimentation;
  • preparing environment and materials applied to bioterism;
  • preparing environment and materials applied to biotherism;
  • prepare environment and materials applied to biotherism;
  • discard biological materials;
  • working with biosafety;
  • operate machinery and equipment;
  • monitor environmental and physical conditions of animal facility;
  • care for animal health in animal facility;
  • work with biosafety;
  • handling animals;
  • demonstrate personal skills;

  • Activities

    • taking baths;
    • sanitize materials and animal husbandry environments;
    • identify animals (tattoo, stamps or plates);
    • collect animal feces;
    • sterilize materials;
    • check age of animals;
    • request the purchase of materials;
    • handling fire extinguishers;
    • work as a team;
    • show patience;
    • collect fluid from animals;
    • select matrices;
    • transport bagged biological materials;
    • submit to health examinations;
    • transfer embryos;
    • place boxes, cages, drinkers and nozzles in immersion;
    • administering medicines to animals;
    • work as a team;
    • mating animals;
    • make decisions;
    • operate microscope;
    • sowing culture media;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • remove nonstandard and excess animals from colonies;
    • packing animals and biological materials for transport;
    • monitor luminosity;
    • collect animal tissues;
    • incinerate biological materials;
    • operate sanitation equipment;
    • weighing animals;
    • intubate animals;
    • exchange animal microenvironment;
    • operate micro manipulator;
    • monitor vivarium infrastructure;
    • inoculate substances into animals;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • bagging organic waste and carcasses;
    • weaning animals;
    • operate microtomy device;
    • freeze carcasses;
    • register data;
    • demonstrate detail orientation;
    • check the age of animals;
    • perform serological reactions;
    • observe animal behavior;
    • monitor ambient temperature;
    • check physical appearance of animals;
    • monitor ventilation system;
    • deal with animals;
    • destroy contaminating agents;
    • cure animals;
    • perform hysterectomy in rats, mice and hamsters;
    • bathing animals;
    • operate laminar flow;
    • store discarded material;
    • centrifuge biological materials;
    • operate measuring equipment;
    • express yourself orally;
    • sexing animals;
    • feeding animals;
    • scraping boxes and cages;
    • insert tissue in paraffin;
    • respect animal welfare;
    • vaccinating yourself against pathogens;
    • suturing animals;
    • operate sterilization equipment;
    • wearing personal protective equipment;
    • perform vasectomy in laboratory animals;
    • operate insulators;
    • applying first aid care;
    • sacrifice animals;
    • using collective protection equipment;
    • immobilize animals (restraint);
    • manipulating chemicals;
    • monitor humidity;
    • making slides;
    • adjust equipment temperature;
    • control entry and exit of people, equipment and animals;
    • send biological material for analysis;
    • classify discarded material;
    • use specific products for asepsis and disinfection;
    • freeze embryos (cryopreservation);
    • provide information to users;
    • transplant skin;
    • monitor environmental pressure;
    • provide maintenance services;

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