Animal Resources Supervisor - Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (Husbandry)

Houston, Texas
July 23 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.


  • Staff Supervision & Work Direction
    1. Supervise, train, monitor and evaluate assigned personnel. Make recommendations to the Animal Resources Manager and Associate Director, Animal Facilities, for hire, merit increases, and promotions. Initiate disciplinary actions. Monitors facility users to ensure that they follow departmental policies and procedures. Reviews animal protocols, purchase maintenance requests. Participates in compliance such as IACUC inspections, USDA inspections, and AAALAC site visits. Serves on rotation for weekend/holiday supervisor and on-call supervisor.
    2. Plans work schedules and distributes workload. Schedules cage, rack, room cleaning and other personnel duties using electronic task management system. Performs health and facility observations routinely. Participates in making recommendations on housing space assignments. Performs job duties of all subordinates when there is a lack of available personnel. Performs or supervises specialized decontamination procedures of equipment and supplies into or out of the facility. Supervises in the transport of animals and may be required to drive departmental vehicles. Participates in compliance functions (e.g. IACUC, AAALAC, USDA, etc.).
  • Documentation
    1. Monitors electronic facility management systems, etc. 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 system. Completes all written documentation in clear and legible writing. Prepares, assembles, compiles, and maintains animal and equipment inventory for reporting, accounting, and billing purposes. Ensures Quality Assurance procedures such as RODAC testing and ATPase, and timesheets are approved weekly for assigned personnel. Enters billing information into departmental database.
  • Facility & Room Care
    1. Monitors overall facility conditions and reports problems to Animal Resources Manager or Associate Director, Animal Facility. Ensures facility and equipment sanitization occurs according to established schedules. Reports any general health problems and/or animal deaths, major changes in normal room conditions, or facility malfunctions to Animal Resources Manager or Associate Director, Animal Facility.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree in a Biological Science. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis with one year of supervisory/team lead experience in animal care. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.


Required: Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science within 180 days of eligibility but no more than 1,612 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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