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Working with laboratory animals.
Typically 24 months
Animal technologists are responsible for carrying out complex scientific procedures on laboratory animals in compliance with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 Amendment Regulations
2012 (and other related animal welfare legislation, including the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006). Organisations employing animal technologists include universities, pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations and biotechnology research and development organisations.
The nature of the work and species that are used will depend on the organisation, some work in very specific fields using only a few species others, for example, the universities, may be multispecies with a wide range of techniques and research fields. This occupation requires a high degree of technical skill and knowledge to ensure that techniques are carried out with a high degree of accuracy and precision, helping to ensure high standards of scientific research and that the welfare of the animals is considered at all times.
Animal technologists are required to work with a range of scientific equipment in complex environments. They require a broad knowledge of science, animal anatomy and physiology, technical in-vivo scientific procedures, including aseptic techniques, animal welfare legislation and animal husbandry in order to practice effectively, plus high levels of manual dexterity. They are required to communicate effectively with their team and the wider research community (including researchers, Home Office Inspectors, Named Veterinary Surgeons and the Named Animal Care and Welfare Officers).
Animal Technologists will be able to:
Animal Technologists must also demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace including:
Apprentices will need to achieve English and Mathematics at level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Apprentices will be required to pass the IAT Level 3 Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science and Technology before taking the end-point assessment.
This Apprenticeship develops the apprentice to the point that they are ready to apply to the Home Office for their Personal Licence. Upon successful completion, the Animal Technologist will be eligible to apply to the Institute of Animal Technology as a Member of the IAT (MIAT).
This Apprenticeship standard will be reviewed in 3 years
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