AESES - Animal Technician 2

Animal Technician 2
Revision Date:
August 2005

Classification: Animal Technician 2
Hay Point Range: 222 – 267


Incumbents at this level are responsible for providing technical services within an animal colony. This includes job scheduling and training, planning breeding programs, maintaining supplies at an adequate level and participating in experimental procedures which may include research/surgical techniques.

General supervision is received from a more senior technician, department manager, or academic staff member, however, incumbents are expected to work on own initiative.

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


  • Is r esponsible for scheduling work, training new employees, planning and managing breeding or research programs.
  • Maintains accurate records of data on births, deaths, animal weights, feed intake and excrement, reactions to drugs and experimental procedures.
  • Is r esponsible for a designated area of an animal colony or for a departmental animal colony including daily care, breeding programs, holding facilities and experimental procedures.
  • May prepare animals for and performs animal surgery including anaesthetizing and operating.
  • Ensures that animal care meets Canadian Council on Animal Care Standards.
  • Assists in design, 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.
    - or -
  • High school completion with job related options plus 4 years of directly related experience.
  • 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 (CALAS), 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 allocate work.
  • 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.