Profession zoology technician

Zoology technicians provide technical assistance in researching and testing animal species using laboratory equipment. They aid in research concerning animals as well as their environments and ecosystems. They collect and analyse data, compile reports and maintain laboratory stock.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Animal behaviour

    The natural behavioural patterns of animals, i.e. how normal and abnormal behaviour might be expressed according to species, environment, human-animal interaction and occupation.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Laboratory equipment

    The tools and equipment used by scientists and other scientific professionals in a laboratory.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Applied zoology

    The science of applying animal anatomy, physiology, ecology, and behaviour in a particular practical context.

  • Animal biology

    The structure, evolution and classification of animals and how they interact with their ecosystems.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Analyse experimental laboratory data

    Analyse experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Manage inventory

    Control product inventory in balance of availability and storage costs.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Assist in the production of laboratory documentation

    Assist in documenting laboratory work, especially paying attention to policies and standard operating procedures.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Use laboratory equipment

    Make correct use of laboratory equipment when working in a laboratory.

  • Write technical reports

    Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.

  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

Optional knowledge and skills

keep task records animal welfare legislation inspect animal welfare management preserve samples evolutionary biology label samples maintain database chemistry analyse blood samples animal food products analyse cell cultures write research proposals prepare visual data environmental legislation microbiology-bacteriology hazardous waste storage pollution legislation