Animal Technician - Comparative Medicine | Bastrop, TX | MD Anderson

Animal Technician - Comparative Medicine

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position located at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, Texas.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of the Animal Technician position is to provide competent technical skills in all areas of animal care in the daily operation of an animal colony within the Department of Comparative Medicine. This position will primarily support the Chimpanzee and SPF Baboon areas and may assist in other animal areas as needed. Works weekends and holidays on a scheduled, rotating basis; may work overtime as authorized by the Manager. This position may be subject to working in biocontainment areas requiring compliance with specific protocols.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Animal Husbandry and Facility Maintenance

Performs daily husbandry and disposal of waste materials.

Operates cage sanitation equipment.

May assist checking locks of other care staff.

Prepares and distributes daily diet/enrichment.

May provide basic husbandry training to staff.

Participates in positive reinforcement training for maintenance of trained behaviors.

Transports animals which may require specialized training or handling techniques.

Inspects lixit valves and water lines daily to ensure proper function.

Inspects assigned animal areas and maintain rooms, buildings, facilities, and equipment (including enrichment). Reports issues to Supervisor or Team Leader.

Performs microbiologic monitoring (cage surface samples, water testing, water analysis, and sterilization QA/QC).

May assist in shipment preparation procedures.

Performs basic housekeeping and restocks supplies.

Conducts inventory and reports supply needs.

Animal Healthcare and Technical Support

Assists in a variety of technical procedures relating to animal health to include: gross biologics sample collection, transport samples, weaning, tattooing, wound treatment, nail trimming, checking vitals, and physical exams.

Assists in screening animals for gross evidence of infectious and parasitic diseases.

Assists Veterinarians, Supervisors, or Technologist in restraining, administering medications, and injections.

Conducts animal health and behavioral observations. Reports changes in animal behavior and appearance to Supervisor.

May assist with conducting routine observations for clinical cases.

Provides care for special needs animals (including infants).

Assists with projects involving special handling techniques which may require protocol specific personal protective equipment.

Assembles and sterilizes surgical instruments and packs.

Assists in research protocols including GLP protocols.

Administrative and Compliance

Adheres to PPE requirements. Works safely in close proximity to animals.

Ensures appropriate animal access to shelter, food, water and distance from other groups.

Ensures proper cage and building lock procedures are followed.

Responsible for animal identification as required by area.

May need to respond in emergency situations.

Participates in SOP training and consistently follows SOPs and departmental policies.

Responsible for adhering to AAALAC and IACUC standards and USDA/AWA regulations.

Provides timely and accurate documentation and recordkeeping of husbandry and healthcare data (including GLP).

May require proficiency in the use of electronic health records and database applications.

Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education: Associate's or Bachelor's degree.

Certification: None.

Preferred Certification: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

Experience: 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: Experience gained in a university research setting.

Onsite Presence: Is Required

WORKING CONDITIONS



Frequency

Deadlines

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Electrical

Frequent 34-66%

Exposure to animals

Constant 67-100%

Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue

Frequent 34-66%

Exposure to Radiation

Seldom 3-10%

Extreme Hot/Cold

Frequent 34-66%

Hazardous Chemicals and Materials

Frequent 34-66%

Humid/Dry

Frequent 34-66%

Lighting

Frequent 34-66%

Noise

Constant 67-100%

Operating Equipment

Frequent 34-66%

Outside Work

Frequent 34-66%

Physical Proximity

Frequent 34-66%

Sedentary Environment

Seldom 3-10%

Wearing Protective Equipment

Wet Conditions

Working At Heights

Working on uneven/slippery surface

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%


PHYSICAL DEMANDS



Frequency

Weight

Arm/Hand Steadiness

Frequent 34-66%

--

Balancing

Frequent 34-66%

--

Bending/Stooping

Frequent 34-66%

--

Carrying

Frequent 34-66%

20-50 lbs

Climbing

Frequent 34-66%

--

Crawling

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Depth Perception

Frequent 34-66%

--

Driving

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Dynamic Flexibility

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Eye/Hand Coordination

Frequent 34-66%

--

Fine finger movement

Frequent 34-66%

--

Foot Action

Frequent 34-66%

--

Glare Sensitivity

Frequent 34-66%

--

Handling

Frequent 34-66%

--

Hearing Sensitivity

Frequent 34-66%

--

Keyboarding

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Kneeling

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Lifting

Frequent 34-66%

20-50 lbs

Neck Movements

Frequent 34-66%

--

Night Vision

Frequent 34-66%

--

Olfactory Perception

Frequent 34-66%

--

Pushing/Pulling

Frequent 34-66%

50+ lbs

Reaching

Frequent 34-66%

--

Sitting

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Standing

Constant 67-100%

--

Tactile Perception

Frequent 34-66%

--

Twisting

Occasionally 11-33%

--

Visual Acuity

Frequent 34-66%

--

Visual Color Discrimination

Frequent 34-66%

--

Walking

Constant 67-100%

--

Wrist Motion

Frequent 34-66%

--

Squatting

Occasionally 11-33%

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COGNITIVE DEMANDS



Analytical Ability

Appropriate Behavior

Attention to detail

Comprehending Creativity

Critical Thinking

Following Instructions

Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

Interpersonal Skills

Mathematical Skills/Reasoning

Memorizing/Remembering

Multitasking

Oral Communication

Organizing

Problem Solving

Reading Skills/Comprehension

Responding in emergency situations

Selective Attention

Working Alone

Written Communication



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Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 155713
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Work Week: Days, Weekends
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 36,700
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 44,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 51,400
  • FLSA: non-exempt and eligible for overtime pay
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Work Location: Onsite
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Referral Bonus Available?: No
  • Relocation Assistance Available?: No
  • Science Jobs: No