Laboratory Animal Science Program Technical Standards

The abilities and skills that candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training associated with the Master's of Laboratory Animal Science Program are referred to as “Technical Standards.” These abilities and skills are essential for professionals in animal care facilities and preclinical biomedical research settings which utilize animal models.

1.0 Observation Skills Technical Standard

1.01 Demonstrate sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills (visual, auditory, and tactile) in the lecture hall, laboratory, and/or online settings. Indicators include but are not limited to accurate visualization and discrimination of text, numbers, patterns, graphic illustrations, and other imaging texts.

2.0 Communication Skills Technical Standard

2.01 Demonstrate effective communication skills with biomedical research or animal care professionals, and with people of varying cultures, ethnicities and personalities.

2.02 Indicators include, but are not limited to, these examples:

  1. Clear, efficient, and intelligible articulation of spoken English language.
  2. Legible, efficient, and intelligible written English language.
  3. Accurate and efficient English language reading skills.
  4. Accurate and efficient, expressive and receptive communication skills.
  5. Ability to accurately follow directions (oral and written).

3.0 Critical Reasoning Skills Technical Standard

3.01 Demonstrate critical reasoning skills, including but not limited to intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities.

3.02 Indicators include but are not limited to these examples:

  1. Demonstrate ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize information.
  2. Demonstrate ability to acquire, retain, and apply new and learned information.

4.0 Motor and Sensory Function Technical Standard

4.01 Demonstrate sufficient motor and sensory function to perform typical animal care or laboratory duties.

4.02 Indicators include but are not limited to these examples:

  1. Functional and sufficient sensory capacity (visual, auditory, and tactile) to use laboratory equipment and perform procedures.
  2. Execute motor movements that demonstrate safety and efficiency in the various learning settings (i.e., classroom, online and laboratories).
  3. Physical stamina sufficient to complete the online didactic and some laboratory study, which will include prolonged periods of sitting.

5.0 Behavioral and Social Attributes Technical Standard

5.01 Demonstrate the behavioral and social attributes vital to participation in a professional program and service as a practicing animal care and laboratory professional.

5.02 Indicators include but are not limited to these examples:

  1. Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of mental faculties (judgment, orientation, affect, and cognition).
  2. Ability to develop mature and effective professional relationships with faculty, animal user researchers, the public, and other members of the animal care or use team.
  3. Possess personal qualities that facilitate effective therapeutic interactions (compassion, empathy, integrity, honesty, benevolence, confidentiality).
  4. Demonstrate impartial motives, attitudes, and values in roles, functions, and relationships.
  5. Ability to monitor and react appropriately to one’s own emotional needs and responses.
  6. Display appropriate flexibility and adaptability in the face of stress or uncertainty associated with clinical encounters and clinical environments.
  7. Compliance with standards, policies, and practices set forth in the Program Handbook.