My day starts by showering into the unit (quite nice on a cold morning!) and changing into a clean uniform; this helps protect the health barrier of the building. Morning checks are then started. Every cage is checked individually to ensure there is adequate food and water available and that all animals within the cage are healthy. These checks are done daily, including weekends. I am part of a rota, which includes a duty weekend once a month.
At the end of the day when all work is complete the area must be cleaned ready for use the next day. This involves the cleaning down of work stations, vacuuming and disinfecting of floors and general tidying up in order to maintain the standards of cleanliness within the facility.
I enjoy how the job varies between manual tasks and work requiring both thought and initiative. It can be very interesting and a lot can be learnt from the researchers and the work being carried out by them. We have a large team within the unit so it’s nice to have tea breaks together when we can watch TV and chat in the tearoom or venture outside at lunchtimes.”