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

Senior 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.

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.


The primary purpose of the Senior Animal Technician position is to provide the highest quality of technical skills and assistance in animal health care. Impacts the technical support and assistance in the performance of behavioral management procedures (environmental enrichment, operant conditioning, and socialization) within the Department of Comparative Medicine. This position will primarily support the Primate Behavior and Environmental Enrichment program for rhesus and baboon areas and may assist in other animal areas as needed. May work 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.

Animal Husbandry and Facility Maintenance

Prepares and distributes daily enrichment.
Participates in the positive reinforcement training program to facilitate behavioral management.
Assists with primate socialization efforts.
Maintains enrichment devices, equipment, structures and preparation areas so they are functional, safe and sanitary.
Develops new or modifies enrichment devices and techniques.
Transports animals which may require specialized training or handling techniques.
May assist with weekly produce supply orders and enrichment feeding schedule.
Inspects assigned animal areas and maintain rooms, buildings, facilities, and equipment (including enrichment). Reports issues to Supervisor or Team Leader.
Performs basic housekeeping and restocks supplies.
Conducts inventory and reports supply needs.
Works cooperatively with other members in the Primate Behavior and Environmental Enrichment program and with the nonhuman primate area caregiving staff to help to improve the research, environmental enrichment, and animal training programs.
Assists with educational and workshop-related programs within the Primate Behavior and Environmental Enrichment program.

Animal Healthcare and Technical Support

Assists in a variety of technical procedures relating to behavioral care and enrichment including monitoring animal use of enrichment and appropriateness of devices and techniques.
Conducts animal health and behavioral observations to assess behavioral manifestations of stress and psychological wellbeing. Reports changes in animal behavior and appearance to Supervisor.
Provides behavioral and enrichment care for special needs animals (including infants).
Assists with projects involving special handling techniques which may require protocol specific personal protective equipment.
Proposes behavioral management solutions for animals with behavioral problems based on knowledge of the field.
Orders materials and maintains stock for enrichment activities.
As assigned, may receive controlled drug training and drug key access.
Assists in research protocols including GLP protocols.

Administrative and Compliance

Compiles enrichment progress reports and summaries by keeping daily records on enrichment opportunities provided.
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 and behavioral characteristics of animals as required by area.
Responsible for responding in emergency situations.
Participates in SOP training and consistently follows SOPs and departmental policies.
May assist with developing and writing SOPs.
Responsible for adhering to AAALAC and IACUC standards and USDA/AWA regulations.
Provides timely and accurate documentation and recordkeeping (including GLP).
Requires proficiency in the use of electronic health records and database applications.
Serves as back-up for Technologists or Supervisor as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education: 2 Year College Degree.

Certification: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) within 180 days of eligibility but no more than 910 days. Any employee hired or rehired after September 1, 2012 must possess required certification.

Preferred Certification: AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Certification.

Experience: 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.

Preferred Experience: Experience gained in a university research setting.

Onsite Presence: Is Required.


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, Constant 67-100%
Wet Conditions, Frequent 34-66%
Working At Heights, Occasionally 11-33%
Working on uneven/slippery surface, Frequent 34-66%


Arm/Hand Steadiness, Frequent 34-66%
Balancing, Frequent 34-66%
Bending/Stooping, Frequent 34-66%
Carrying, Frequent 34-66%, 20-50 pounds
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 pounds
Neck Movements, Frequent 34-66%
Night Vision, Frequent 34-66%
Olfactory Perception, Frequent 34-66%
Pushing/Pulling, Frequent 34-66%, 50+ pounds
Reaching, Frequent 34-66%
Sitting, Occasionally 11-33%
Squatting, 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%


Analytical Ability
Appropriate Behavior
Attention to detail
Critical Thinking
Following Instructions
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Interpersonal Skills
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Oral Communication
Problem Solving
Reading Skills/Comprehension
Responding in emergency situations
Selective Attention
Working Alone
Written Communication

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.

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 151778
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Soft
  • Work Location: Onsite
  • Pivotal Position: No
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 42,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 50,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 58,800
  • Science Jobs: No