A new Imperial podcast features people working in animal units sharing insights into the highlights and challenges of working during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives and priorities. Speaking of the year of the pandemic, most people would most likely remember the vital work done by doctors and researchers to fight the virus. However, many others are working behind the scenes to support the advancement of science and keep everyone else safe.
People working in animal research facilities are among these key workers. They are the stars of a new podcast series from Imperial Animal [email protected]: Voices from the Field During the Pandemic. Imperial’s Animal Research Department produced the podcast series to hear directly from animal researchers about their experiences during the pandemic and how it has affected their daily work.
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 these measures have affected her work and her life.
Podcast series producer Dr Anna Napolitano said: “Researchers could put their experiments on hold 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 animals used in research as a top priority. Without their invaluable contribution, scientific discoveries, such as the vaccine against COVID-19, could not take place. »
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