Licensed Animal Technician

Licensed Animal Technician Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Licensed Animal Technician to join our team.


  • After appropriate Home Office training, assist with and perform regulated procedures;
  • Participate in the rota for weekend and bank holiday cover, which will be 1 in 3 weekends;
  • Train other staff in licensed and non-licensed techniques as required;
  • Maintain animals undergoing in vivo procedures and those under postoperative care;
  • Commit to the rota for weekend and bank holiday cover;
  • Completion of all relevant departmental records, including day books, production data reports and stock availability records;
  • Daily animal husbandry duties, including feeding, watering, cage cleaning and animal observations;
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness throughout the animal facility;
  • As a Personal Licensee, conduct surgical and non-surgical experimental procedures within the authorities of Project Licences held at the establishment;
  • Contribute towards the general cleaning and upkeep of the facility and monitor and record environmental conditions in specific areas;
  • Assist with the duties in other areas of the team as required;
  • Ensure appropriate records and logs are kept, by implementing Health, Safety, and waste disposal procedures according to guidelines;
  • Use Home Office Personal Licence to carry out experimental procedures when required;
  • Perform routing dosing and sampling alongside more complex licensed procedures such as imaging (e.g. BLI, MRI);
  • Keep up to date with developments in animal technology; recommend and develop novel procedures as required.


  • Hold a Home Office Personal Licence;
  • HNC in Animal Technology or equivalent animal related qualification;
  • Experience in a science laboratory environment, including laboratory-based research and technical support;
  • Home Office Licence modules 1-3;
  • BSc in Biological Sciences is desirable;
  • Self-motivated, flexible approach to work and to participate in weekend/cover rota;
  • Thorough understanding of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986;
  • Ability to keep neat and accurate records;
  • Experience of handling and sexing offspring;
  • Significant experience in the field of animal technology and working with rodents;
  • Previous experience with rodents, fish or frogs is beneficial;
  • Home Office Licence modules 1-4 is essential;
  • Competent in a range of licensed techniques and post mortem skills;
  • Competence in the use of equipment and instrumentation associated with an animal unit;
  • Previous experience of working with (and handling) animals large and small.