Science for Health
21 August 2012
NIMR is committed to ensuring a high standard of training and education for Animal Technicians and support staff at all stages of their careers. Technicians are encouraged to spend time in NIMR research labs in order to gain handson experience of experimental procedures, and attend workshops and seminars held on a regular basis on subjects related to laboratory animal science.
I joined NIMR Biological Services two years ago as an Animal Technician. Since the beginning I was trained on how to take the best care of animals used for medical research, their welfare and how to handle different species correctly. After a few months at the Institute I had the opportunity to study the Level 3 CPD course in Animal Technology, and decided to take it because I felt it could help me to improve my knowledge in this field. This course has helped me to understand more deeply the legal and ethical aspects of using animals in medical research, their needs, welfare and environment. The course has been an important complement to my practical skills gained at the Institute. Also, I found that the flexibility of the course allows me to take more time in research and helps me to further analyse the topics studied.
I initially chose to complete the level 2 CPD course in Animal Technology to increase my vocational qualifications. As much as I enjoy my job as an Animal Technician, since starting the course I have begun to view my work as a career rather than just a job. I believe I have gained confidence in my abilities to control and handle animals, and I have found that learning more about animal husbandry, the scientific background and the roles of the support staff, has given me a deeper understanding of research and the importance of providing a high standard of animal welfare.
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