MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Animal Resources Technologist - Veterinary Medicine & Surgery in Houston, Texas

The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery exists to serve MDAnderson research programs. Our primary mission is to provide the best possibleveterinary care, facilities and services in support of the institutional animalcare and use program, in keeping with all applicable laws, regulations,guidelines and Association for Assessment and Accreditation of LaboratoryAnimal Care (AAALAC) accreditation standards. The department's capabilities arebroad based and flexible to accommodate a variety of research interests whileremaining in compliance with required standards. The basis of our program iscentered on the well-being of all animals, the best interests of ourresearchers, and the best interest of MD Anderson and its animal care anduse program.

The salary range is min $ 39,200 mid $ 49,000 max $ 58,800

1. 1. Animal Health Care :

  • Maintains health of animalcolony. Provides clinical/surgical veterinary care associated with researchanimals under the direction of a veterinarian. Responsible for clinical dutiesassociated with maintaining health of animal colonies, pre-operative preparationand anesthetic induction of various species of animals, post-operative care,special projects, daily rounds, record keeping, pharmacy and supply inventory,animal fasting and animal transport.

  • Assists with ongoingtechnical procedural training as needed. Must follow all guidelinesaccording to Institutional, USDA, AALAC, and NIH for standard operatingprocedures. This Technologist reports to ESIS Manager, ESIS Sr. Supervisor, andESIS Section chief, but is also directed by other section/departmentalveterinarians as needed. Tasks may include routine procedures such as TBtesting, blood sampling, vaccinations, radiography, administration of IV, SQ,IM, and oral medications as directed, injection of tumor cell suspension asdirected, grooming and teeth cleaning of animals requiring manual dexterity.The position requires electronic medical record keeping and scheduling ofmedical/surgical and research procedures. Must be able to do heavy lifting andproperly restrain various species of animals.

  • Must be able to identifyand clearly communicate all health problems to veterinarians in oral or writtenform, and must understand verbal and written directions of the veterinariansand/or supervisor/manager.

  • Provide support forspecialized animal housing areas and projects including, but not limited to,PDX, gnotobiotic, high barrier, and rodent breeding colony. Provides backup forother specialized areas such as biohazard, radioisotope, and other housingareas requiring specialized training. Perform health treatments and otheranimal manipulations as required. Ensures the ventilated cage rack system andautomated drinking water system are operating correctly and reports alarms ormalfunctions to supervisor or manager immediately. Performs specializedprocedures such as placing special diet in cages, and ensures special water isplaced properly on the cage with the drinking valve removed. Performs routinerodent weanings and separations. Enters billing information into departmentaldatabase.

2. 2. SurgicalSupport and Research Assistance:

  • Provide pre-, peri- andpost-operative support. Induce and maintain anesthesia, including catheterplacement, intubation, administration of anesthetics, etc. Maintain gasanesthesia machines in proper working order and utilize proper operating proceduresof the machines. Prepares animals for surgery using approved steriletechniques.

  • Research Assistance:Assists investigators on a variety of projects. This could include anestheticinduction, transport to specific areas, monitoring of anesthesia, and/orspecimen collection during projects. The technologist must be able tocoordinate, schedule and prepare for individual research projects supported bysection personnel, including medication administrations, clinical observations,tissue harvests, tumor size measurement, and all associated record keeping(both written and electronic). Must have working knowledge of anesthesia,animal handling, blood collection and other animal care techniques enablingthem to advise investigators in best techniques available to perform variousprocedures on a variety of species. Supports activities at offsite locations(e.g. 3SCR).

3. 3. Health Care Documentation :

  • Maintains and updatesanimal records. Follows all standards for recording use and transfer of controlledsubstances such as barbiturates and steroids. Records activity in daily cliniclog book for billing purposes. Must be familiar with filing procedures forx-rays, charts, and clinical pathology procedures. Enters data in to electronicmedical records system. Documents clinical observations and survival for drugdevelopment projects and keeps organized record of all studies conducted.

4. 4. OtherDuties :

  • Otherduties as assigned, which includes weekend and holiday work, as well ashurricane preparation and rideout duty. Work schedule may be adjusted to meetworkload demands


Required: Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.

Preferred: Bachelors degree in a related field.


Required: Five years experience in clinical or surgicalanimal procedures or animal health care and husbandry supervisory/team leadexperience.

With preferred degree, threeyears of required experience. Maysubstitute required education with experience on a one to one basis


Required: Must meet department American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification requirements: Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) within 180 days of eligibility.

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.