Assistant Animal Laboratory Technology


The mission of the Assistant Animal Laboratory Technology (AALT) Program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as technicians in a choice of two animal care career paths: Companion animals in a veterinary hospital or diagnostic laboratory setting, or Lab animals in a biomedical research facility setting.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 12 Months
Clock Hours 1,296
Class Type Day
Credentials Diploma
Total Tuition/Fees $3,936.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $1,798.61

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Cage Wash Technician432Certificate
Animal Caretaker864Certificate
Assistant Animal Laboratory Technician1296Diploma

Campus Locations

Main Campus
550 Alabama Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105

Job Duties

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 2,530

Current job openings per year: 540


First Trimester: 
Veterinary terminology and related math
Basic anatomy and physiology
Animal welfare regulations
Occupational health and safety
Research facilities and equipment
Hygiene and sanitation
Feed and nutrition
Second Trimester: 
Species-specific information
Animal husbandry and recordkeeping
Genetics and breeding
Animal diseases and treatments
Animal health surveillance
Third Trimester: 
Technical skills and procedures
Diagnostic techniques
Veterinary pharmacology and anesthesia
Asepsis and the surgical environment
Verbal and written communication skills
Employability skills


Dessie Knox

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