Animal Laboratory Technician

Animal Laboratory Technology Degree

Offered at: Larimer

A.A.S. in Animal Laboratory Technology

66 credits
(2 years)

In this A.A.S. degree program you are trained to care for and manage laboratory animals in the biomedical research field. Your training will help to ensure a high standard of humane care for research animals.

This program prepares students for the AALAS certification exam.

FRCC is the only community college in the country with an associate degree in animal laboratory technology, and many of the courses in the program transfer to Colorado State University’s B.S. in Animal Sciences.

Animal Lab Tech degree: See required courses.

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Animal Laboratory Certificates

All courses included in these certificates apply toward the

Basic Laboratory Animal Care

12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate teaches the fundamentals of the major animal species used in lab research. It includes a 135-hour lab animal internship in a biomedical research facility, hours which count toward the required work experience needed for AALAS certification.

Lab Animal Care certificate: See required courses.

Laboratory Animal Care & Management

13 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program gives students a foundation in animal care and management with an emphasis in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and health procedures. Students must complete the Laboratory Animal Care Certificate before enrolling in this program.

Lab Animal Management certificate: See required courses.

Admissions Process

Ready to get started? Follow these steps:

  1. Attend an informational meeting. Meetings are from 4:00-5:00 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Mount Antero building, Room 131.
  2. Complete the program application.
  3. Contact Mardie Altman, program director, to arrange an advising appointment to ensure the Animal Laboratory Technology Program is right for you.
  4. Meet with an FRCC advisor. You can start the admission process by getting started here.

 Animal Lab Tech Salary

  Entry Average Experienced
Laboratory Animal Caretakers $20,229 $25,042 $27,448
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2013)

Transfer Options

Colorado State University

Many of the courses in the program transfer to Colorado State University’s B.S. in Animal Sciences. Please consult an advisor.

See more about transferring.