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Training veterinary care technicians and husbandry staff improves animal care.
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PMID:  21333169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Our animal care facility has always relied on an animal health team consisting of veterinarians, veterinary care technicians, and husbandry staff to provide a high level of animal care. As our rodent population increased, it became necessary to modify the roles and responsibilities of these staff members to accommodate the program's expansion. To accomplish that modification, we developed a training program that focused primarily on technicians by using a case-management algorithm. To support our technicians, we provided additional training to animal husbandry staff as they assumed the primary role in the initial assessment of the animals' health. After completing the training, technicians made the transition from simply identifying health issues to actually making decisions for treating and euthanizing rodents. This training program empowered all team members and resulted in a staff that could provide consistent, high-quality veterinary care more efficiently.
Cynthia R Lockworth; Suzanne L Craig; Jun Liu; Peggy T Tinkey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science : JAALAS     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1559-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-21     Completed Date:  2011-08-15     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101269489     Medline TA:  J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  84-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry*
Animal Technicians / education*
Animal Welfare
Education, Veterinary / methods*,  standards
Inservice Training*
Laboratory Animal Science / education*,  standards

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