Animal Technician - Husbandry

Houston, Texas
February 22 2021
Organization Type
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Animal Technician is to provide competent technical skills in all areas of animal care in the daily operation of an animal research facility. Impact technical support and assistance directly relating to the care and use of laboratory animals.

Key Functions
  1. Routine Animal Care and Specialized Animal Procedures: Changes animal cages (primarily mouse cages) as scheduled. Performs daily animal care and health flagging for assigned area including areas that require specialized and/or additional training such as chemical agents, etc. Ensures the ventilated cage rack system and automated drinking water system are operating correctly and reports alarms or malfunctions to team leader or supervisor immediately. Performs specialized procedures such as placing special diet in cages, ensuring special water is on the cage with the lixit removed, as well as routine rodent weanings and separations.
  2. Facility & Room Care: Ensures cleanliness and sanitation of animal housing and ancillary areas. Ensures equipment is cleaned, made available for sanitization, and is on the established maintenance schedule. Reports problems to team leader or supervisor. Ensures supplies are adequately stocked.
  3. Documentation: Records data in the appropriate hardcopy or electronic system. Ensures that data is entered in a timely manner. Records the completion of assigned tasks using the electronic task management system. Ensures that the correct animal identification is placed on animals. Reports any discrepancies to the team leader or supervisor. Completes all written documentation in clear and legible writing.
  4. Other Duties: Other duties as assigned.

High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Associate's or Bachelor's degree.

: Two years of animal care experience in an animal hospital/clinic, research facility or related field. With either preferred degree, no experience required.

Preferred: Experience gained in a university research setting.

License/Certification: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) within 180 days of hire or job change.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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