Training strategies for animal care technicians and veterinary technical staff

Stacy Pritt, Nicole Duffee

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An institutional training program for animal care and veterinary technicians should be planned and implemented to provide these individuals with knowledge and skills for performing their duties within a laboratory animal care and use program. The complexity in the regulatory and scientific features of the animal research environment necessitates a strong training program on diverse topics according to staff duties. Orientation training should include ethics and compliance with relevant laws, policies, and guidelines. Depending on specific staff responsibilities, training may be general or in depth on topics of species-specific biology and behavior, animal facility equipment and operations, animal health procedures, animal research policies, occupational health and safety equipment and practices, computer usage, training, and management. Staff training should be an ongoing mission for incorporating new equipment, practices, and procedures in the laboratory animal program; for providing periodic refresher training to maintain a high level of staff qualifications; and for retraining when skills or knowledge are found deficient. Large institutions often have a dedicated training staff to implement the institutional training program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalILAR Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Animal care training
  • Certification
  • Technician training
  • Trainer
  • Training coordinator
  • Training manager
  • Training program
  • Veterinary technician training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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