AESES - Animal Technician 3

Animal Technician 3
Revision Date: August 2005

Classification: Animal Technician 3
Hay Point Range: 268 – 328


Incumbents at this level are responsible for the daily operation of the animal colony including specialized surgical operations.

General direction is received from the department manager or academic staff member but the incumbent is expected to work on own initiative. Supervision and training are given to subordinates and these employees have an input into staff recommendations.

Employees at this level may be required to work weekends, evenings and holidays on a rotating basis.


  • Is r esponsible for record keeping, including maintaining a clinical library, ordering animals and supplies, making recommendations to improve facilities.
  • Runs a small breeding colony including program management.
  • Administers medication as prescribed; maintains health of animals in colony.
  • Prepares animals for and performs animal surgery including anaesthetizing and operating.
  • Ensures that animal care meets Canadian Council on Animal Care standards.
  • Is r esponsible for receiving, quartering, starting health monitoring and record keeping for wild and/or domestic animals, reptiles, as well as fish and other aquatic organisms.
  • May redesign, modify or create new equipment to meet special applications such as restraint of large wild-caught animals.
  • Plans, designs and assigns construction, repair and maintenance of custom made facilities and equipment.
  • Is r equired to obtain knowledge of and comply with safety policies applicable to the workplace.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


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

Level of Formal Education

  • Bachelor of Science or graduation from a recognized community college program in a directly related study area, including practical experience, plus 3 years of directly related experience.
    - or -
  • High school completion with job-related options plus 6 years of directly related experience, including 2 years of supervisory experience which demonstrated a knowledge of the theory and practice of animal care.
  • Some holding facilities have as a requirement for their positions current standing as either a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician or a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (Research) with the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science, or an acceptable equivalent certificate of training.


An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise.
  • Ability to perform specialized animal surgery.
  • 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.

Other Job Related Requirements

  • Humane treatment of all animals at all time must be a guiding principle. Must have an understanding of the ethical questions involved in using animals for research, and have thorough knowledge of the CCAC and University guidelines and policies regarding the use of animals in research.

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.

Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288