Research Histology Technician - Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

Houston, Texas
October 07 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 (AAALAC) accreditation standards.


Specimen Collection, Handling, and Processing
  • Receives and accessions specimens submitted to the laboratory or necropsy room, prepares microscope slides of animal tissues, and produces stained slides or other required product for Pathologist review.
  • Performs tissue preparation and histotechnique, to include necropsy, grossing, fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning, staining, and mounting of paraffin-embedded and frozen tissues, and other special procedures.
  • Follows project-specific instructions from Pathologists and/or investigators. Delivers completed cases as directed.
  • Assists with selection and running of appropriate controls as required for specific testing.
  • Performs quality check on each slide, and checks controls before signing out cases.
  • Assists with archiving of wet tissues, slide files, paraffin block files, and Archive Room records.
  • Keeps Archive Room clean and in order.
  • Communicates with personnel and investigators in a courteous and professional manner.

  • Assigns accession numbers to specimens/animal received and labels accordingly.
  • Ensures that submittal information is entered correctly in the electronic or other logbook and specimens are labeled accurately.

Equipment and Area Maintenance:
  • Assists with routine and specialized maintenance on laboratory equipment including, but not limited to, microtomes, cryostat, tissue processors, automated coverslipper, and automated H&E stainer.
  • Assigned maintenance of specific equipment may be rotated on a regular basis to maintain competence in the laboratory.

Other duties as assigned.


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred: Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Histotechnology.


None required.

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.