Senior Animal Technician (Husbandry) - Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

Houston, Texas
July 20 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
The Veterinary Medicine and Surgery department exists to serve MD Anderson research programs. Our primary mission is to provide the best possible veterinary care, facilities and services in support of the institutional animal care and use program, in keeping with all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care accreditation standards.



Animal Receiving & Transfers
  • Receive animals from approved vendors, ensures health condition of newly arrived animals, ensures timely transport to assigned housing areas or housing directly, and ensures receiving documentation is complete and correct.
  • Receives animal transfers from other DVMS approved housing locations, ensures health checks, timely transport to assigned housing areas or housing directly, and accurate and completion of documentation.

Routine Animal Care, Specialized Animal Procedures, Facility & Room Care
  • Performs daily animal care and health flagging for assigned areas, including those requiring specialized training such as large animal (USDA-covered species), biohazard, radioactive housing, etc.
  • Ensures the ventilated cage rack system and automated drinking water system are operating correctly and reports alarms or malfunctions to area team leader or supervisor immediately.
  • Performs specialized procedures such as placing special diet in cages, and ensures special water is placed properly on the cage with the drinking valve removed.
  • Performs routine rodent weanings and separations.
  • Enters billing information into departmental database.
  • Ensures cleanliness and sanitation of animal housing assigned areas, and ancillary areas.
  • Ensures equipment is cleaned, made available for sanitization, etc., on the established schedule.
  • Reports problems to area Team Leader or supervisor.
  • Ensures supplies are adequately stocked.

  • 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 with incoming animals to Animal Resources Manager.
  • Completes all written documentation in clear and legible writing.

Other duties as assigned.


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.


Required: Three years of animal care experience in an animal hospital/clinic, research facility or related field to include one year in specialized housing and/or technical procedures. With Associate's degree, one year of required experience or with Bachelor's degree, no experience.


Required: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) within 180 days of eligibility but no more than 558 days. Any employee hired or rehired after September 1, 2012 must possess required certification.

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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