Studying the genetics of the laboratory mouse is crucial to understanding the function of genes in disease, and developing treatments for them. Isabel Baker talks to Greg Joynson, animal technician at the Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell, to find out how the skills of dedicated animal technicians are key to such research.
How did you become an animal technician?
I learnt about the industry through my brother, who also works here. I have an MSc in Industrial Product Design but wanted a complete career change, so arrived at the MLC with no previous experience.
What qualifications are required to become an animal technician?
The basic requirement is five GCSEs. I received training in how to handle mice and look after them. I’ve done a lot of extra training including the mandatory Home Office modules, a level 2 NVQ and a level 3 CPD course in animal technology. I have picked up a lot of knowledge on the job over the past six years. Read more