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Supervisor, Animal Care

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jul 6, 2022

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The Center for Comparative Medicine provides for the care, health and well-being of all research animals used in the pursuit of scientific achievement and excellence at Baylor College of Medicine. CCM provides the highest quality veterinary and animal care and acts as a resource for the faculty on veterinary and scientific issues relating to the use of laboratory animals. This position supports activities related to research animal veterinary care. Monitors and reinforces standard operating procedures, policies, and requirements for veterinary services staff.

Job Duties

  • Update and maintain weekly work schedules and extra side duties for designated areas one week in advance, taking into account any time off the following week.
  • Update and maintain weekend work schedules typically two months in advance taking into account any time off.
  • Areas to schedule include veterinary technician support for all BCM, TCH, and VA animal facilities.
  • Schedule assignments for about 10 employees.
  • Provide training to new vet techs on both rodent and large animal procedures and techniques, as well as provide mentorship to entry level technicians
  • Monitors performance of junior vet techs and ensure they are able to effectively complete assignments
  • Perform daily observational rounds and health checks on current and new animal patients living in BCM vivaria. They perform treatments on animal patients, under the guidance of veterinarians.
  • Provide surgery support for large animals, which includes: pre, peri and post-operative care, administration of anesthesia and analgesia, intubation, bandaging, or any other treatment as directed by the veterinarian.
  • Maintains constant communication with other veterinary technicians and veterinarians
  • Address any animal, staff/vet staff, and research personnel concerns in a confident and professional manner.
  • Maintain a positive and cooperative relationship with all employees.
  • Management and maintenance of CCM veterinary drugs and supplies, accurately documenting the use of controlled substances, and participating in inventory checks to ensure drugs and supplies are in date and available when needed.
  • Perform veterinary research support to investigators, which can include injections, blood collections, anesthesia support, post-operative care, rodent surgical procedures, and treatment as directed by veterinarian.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Four years of relevant experience.
  • Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree. No experience required with Bachelor's degree.
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)
  • Experience in the research or animal care field is preferred.
  • Must be comfortable with euthanasia.
  • Must be willing and able to work with all species, including those with potential zoonotic disease risks or those on biohazard projects.

Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.


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