In the Laboratories chapter of Covenants (highly recommended for any labrat!), it describes how appropriate magical enchantments may give bonuses to different elements of labwork. For instance, magically moving images may give a bonus to Imagonem, or levitating items might give a bonus to Rego or (if related to books) to Scribing. Further, some spells may (at the risk of turning the entire lab project into an unexpected "experiment") give similar bonuses - excellent lighting may give a bonus to both Imagonem and Texts, and so on. Great.
Is there any reason that an enchantment upon a Familiar would be any different than the same sort of enchantment on an item, with regard to creating a bonus for labwork?
Obviously, the enchantment would have to be relevant to the task - simply giving a Familiar human speech, the ability to change to human form, or razor-sharp steel claws would aid in few avenues of effort, if any. However, if a high-powered Wand of Analyze Magic could add to some task, is there any reason that the same effect via a Familiar wouldn't do the same?
(As an afterthought, there are some practical considerations - the Familiar would have to be in the lab enough to count as "a lab item" for that Season - and the personality of some Familiars, or just some plot complications, might (at times) preclude that.)
True, so I didn't make the best choices for a familiar in the lab item examples I drew from the Covenants book.
But I was thinking of Intellego effects - which affect the senses of the familiar, so are kosher (I'd think). A familiar that can analyze magical effects as they occur might be a reasonable effect to qualify for a lab bonus of some sort on inventing new spell/item effects.
Also, some wards might work toward Safety (ala the Tireless Servant), or a bonus for specific Arts (Ignem, for instance).
Well, Familiars already give a lab bonus. Any expansion of that should be handled like a magic item in the lab, with a bonus based on what bonus it gives and magnitude. Coming up with something more then raw numbers could get tricky.