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Animal Technician

Hiring Organization:
UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Veterinary Sciences- Bastrop, Texas

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Job Location is in Bastrop, Texas. This position is within the Department of Veterinary Sciences of M D Anderson Cancer Center.


Performs animal husbandry and related duties in the chimpanzee colony; also performs basic cooperative training, assists with physical exams and other routine health care procedures, provides support for research protocols, and provides care for animals with specialized medical needs.


1. Basic Animal Husbandry
A. Identifies physical and behavioral characteristics of each animal within assigned area of responsibility.
B. Cleans and disinfects various types of animal caging including dens, transport boxes, and isolation cages.
C. Able to work safely with animals in close proximity.
D. Assures that hoses, foamers, brushes, and other cleaning equipment are in proper working condition.
E. Prepares meals and maintains food preparation areas.
F. Distributes standard diets and enrichment food items.
G. Assures that cage doors are properly closed and locked.
H. Performs sanitation and maintenance in corral areas.
I. Disposes of conventional and biohazard trash.
J. Stores and restocks husbandry supplies and food items.
K. Follows guidelines for maintaining personal hygiene and for using required personal protective equipment.
L. Operates high pressure cleaning equipment used in routine cage sanitation.
M. Demonstrates accuracy and reliability in documenting husbandry activities on the Daily Log Form.
N. Works weekends and holidays on a scheduled, rotating basis; may work occasional overtime as authorized by the Animal Resources Manager.

2. Facilities / Equipment Maintenance
A. Launders and stores work clothing.
B. Sweeps and mops hallways.
C. Lubricates padlocks, hinges, and cage door closure devices.
D. Performs lawn maintenance to include mowing, trimming, and watering.
E. Cleans porches, stairways, and feeding stations.
F. Performs routine pest control measures.
G. Assists with the collection, storage, and disposal of recyclable materials generated from daily operations.
H. Identifies and reports facility maintenance and/or repairs needs to the Animal Resources Manager or Animal Resources Team Leader.

3. Animal Health Care
A. Performs initial observation of animals within assigned area of responsibility.
B. Reports any health related abnormalities to the veterinarian or Animal Resources Manager.
C. Provides skilled care for colony animals with special medical needs.

4. Facility Animal Security
A. Reliably and consistently follows all cage door and padlock locking procedures.
B. Reliably and consistently follows all building door closing and locking procedures.
C. Ensures that animals have appropriate access to shelter, food, and water.
D. Ensures that animals are kept apart from neighboring groups, especially during shifting procedures.

5. Positive Reinforcement Training to Increase Animal Cooperation for Husbandry Routine Procedures
A. Performs cooperative shifting, feeding and urine collection techniques as assigned using established procedures.
B. Maintains appropriate training records.
C. Properly maintains training equipment.
D. Demonstrates safety in performing training activities.

6. Research Support
A. Transports biological samples to the diagnostic laboratory in a timely manner and according to protocol.
B. Demonstrates a functional knowledge of GLP standards and demonstrates a high degree of accuracy in entering hand written data on study related forms.

Required: High School diploma or equivalent.
Preferred: College level courses in biological sciences.

Required: Two years of animal related experience in an animal hospital/clinic or an animal research facility. May substitute required experience with completed years of college on a one to one basis.
Preferred: Experience gained in a university research setting.

Required: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification within 180 days of eligibility.


Term of Appointment:
Full time position

Please apply online at type in "Bastrop" in the location to view this job posting.

Contact Information:
Lisa Watson
650 Cool Water Dr.
Bastrop, TX 78602

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