A. Animal technicians are responsible for the care and welfare of all the animals used in medical research. As an animal technician you have day to day contact with animals including providing food and water, carrying out observations, general cleaning and care of the animals and monitoring the weight and growth of the animals in your care. As an animal technician you will come into contact with a variety of animals. The most common ones you will come across are mice and rats, however sometimes you will also work alongside other animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs, fish, dogs, cats, farm animals and monkeys. All animal technicians have to follow strict guidelines set out by the Home Office which are in place to ensure that all animals used in medical research are well looked after and humanely treated.