MD Anderson Cancer Center Sr Animal Technician in Houston, Texas

The Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery 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. The department's capabilities are broad based and flexible to accommodate a variety of research interests while remaining in compliance with required standards. The basis of our program is centered on the well-being of all animals, the best interests of our researchers, and the best interest of MD Anderson and its animal care and use program.

The salary range is min $ 30,400 mid $ 38,000 max $ 45,600.

KEY FUNCTIONS: 1. Animal Receiving/Import/Export :

  • For imports, ensure that sentinel health information is obtained from consignor institutions; check for completeness, and forward to veterinarian. Upon veterinarian import approval, receive animals into quarantine and ensure timely quality assurance testing for release into the facility. For exports, forward sentinel health information to consignee institutions and respond to requests for additional information. Provide regular progress reports to MD Anderson investigators and veterinarians regarding animal imports and exports. Trouble-shoot delays and respond to investigator, consignor/consignee, and veterinarians' queries. Schedule health checks and prepare any and all necessary documents for veterinary signature. Prepares shipping containers, packs and ships animals. Follow up with consignees to ensure safe and humane transport and report problems to veterinarians. Ensure all receiving/import/export documentation is complete and correct.

    2. Task Coordination:

    * Team Leadership :

Assists supervisor(s) with providing direction and scheduling for day-to-day operations. Assists supervisor in providing supervision, training, monitoring and evaluation of assigned personnel. Reports to Animal Resources Supervisor on a daily basis regarding operations, personnel and administrative issues. Participates in compliance functions (IACUC, AAALAC, etc.).

  • Educational and Technical Support :

Provide support for educational training activities, including teaching AALAS certification classes as well as oversight and scheduling for researcher training and services. Participates in technical training/practice sessions for DVMS and research staff. Provide technical assistance support, including entering billing information in electronic colony management system.

  • Documentation & Quality Assurance :

Participate in quality assurance monitoring and testing procedures. Provide routine status updates as required by supervisor. Order Sentinels, schedule lab tests on sentinel animals, collect samples for serology and parasitology, follow up on results. Records all relevant data in appropriate hardcopy or electronic systems and ensures that data is entered in a timely manner.

Rodent Health Technology:

* Breeding Colony Maintenance:

Set up breeding pairs and maintain the breeding colony records in an electronic format (such as in mLIMS) for the assigned Investigator breeding colonies. Transfer the required number of pups from the breeding rooms to the investigators as requested in the breeding plan.

  • Backup for Daily Health Rounds and Treatments :

Perform the duties of Animal Resources Technologist and Senior Animal Technician in case of a staffing shortage. Perform daily health rounds according to standard procedure. Assist in and perform minor surgical procedures and maintain surgical instruments and equipment. Maintain treatment records in the appropriate electronic system. Sends e-mails to investigator staff reporting treatments, euthanasia. Enters the treatment charges into appropriate electronic system.

3. Other duties as assigned.


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.


Required: Three years of animal care experience to include experience in specialized housing techniques. May substitute required experience with completed years of college on a one to one basis.


Required: Must meet department American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification requirements: Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) 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.