A new Imperial podcast features people working in the animal units sharing insights into the highlights and challenges of working during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everybody’s life and priorities. Talking about the year of the pandemic, most people would perhaps most likely remember the vital work carried out by doctors and researchers to fight the virus. However, many others are working behind the scenes to support the progression of science and to allow everyone else to stay safe.
People working in animal research facilities are among these key workers. They are the stars of a new Imperial podcast series Animal Research@Imperial: voices from the field during pandemic. Imperial’s animal research department has produced the series of podcasts to hear directly from animal research workers about their experiences during the pandemic and how it has affected their everyday jobs.
In the first episode, which you can listen to below, animal technologist Julia, shares her feelings about the restrictions in place in the units and how those measurements have affected her job and life.
Producer of the podcast series, Dr Anna Napolitano, said: “Researchers might be able to put on hold their experiments for a few weeks, but the animals that live in the facilities need to be cared for 24/7. Animal technologists are, therefore, on the front line, with the welfare of the animals used in research as their top priority. Without their precious contribution, scientific discoveries, like the vaccine for the COVID-19, couldn’t happen.”
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