AESES - Animal Technician 1

Animal Technician 1
Revision Date: August 2005

Classification: Animal Technician 1
Hay Point Range: 176 – 221


Incumbents at this level are responsible for the maintenance of aquatic and terrestrial animals in a defined area of the animal colony or for a small colony that is maintained by a department.

Incumbents may be required to supervise animal attendants and will be required to assist in training new animal attendants and other employees hired at the same level.

General supervision is received from a more senior technician, department manager, or academic staff member.

Incumbents may be required to work weekends, evenings, and holidays on a rotating basis.


  • Assists with the daily feeding and watering of various types of wild and/or domestic animals, reptiles, as well as fish and other aquatic organisms, following instructions and special diets as prescribed by researchers.
  • May be responsible for the care and maintenance of a section of a colony.
  • Assists in treatment of animals as directed, including injections and administering medication, surgery, euthanasia, and disposal or carcasses.
  • Assists in breeding programs, weighings and sexings.
  • Assists in collection of animals in the field.
  • Dispenses supplies and animals for teaching and research.
  • Assists in animal surgery (e.g. holding animals, anaesthetizing)
  • Maintains individual and cage records as required.
  • Assists in bookkeeping for the proper running of breeding colonies.
  • Maintains sanitary conditions, (e.g. cage washing, disinfecting walls and floors, removal of animal waste). Operates automatic cage and bottle washers, and steam cleaning equipment.
  • Assists in setting up holding tanks and cages and in receiving and examining new stock.
  • Assists in the repair and maintenance of custom made facilities and equipment.
  • Is required to obtain knowledge of and comply with safety policies applicable to the workplace.
  • When working weekends ensures only authorized persons enter colony, and monitors all mechanical systems and takes appropriate action in the event of a malfunction.
  • Checks levels of bulk supplies, replenish from stores and notifies supervisor.
  • Checks rooms and cages at end of day to ensure all doors are shut and locked.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • High school completion with job-related options.
  • Some holding facilities have as a requirement for their positions current standing as an Associate Laboratory Animal Technician with the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science, or an acceptable equivalent certificate of training.


  • Two years of directly- related experience.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with researchers, staff and others.
  • Patience and humane feelings toward animals.

Physical Requirements

  • No allergies to animals or cleaning solutions.
  • Moderate to heavy lifting may be required.
  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

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