MD Anderson Cancer Center Animal Technician - Veterinary Sciences in Bastrop, Texas

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position that is located in Bastrop, Texas within the Department of Veterinary Sciences. This position works weekends and holidays on a scheduled, rotating basis.

Salary range: $26,000 (min) - $32,500 (mid) - $39,000 (max)


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 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 Veterinary Sciences. This position will primarily support the Central Services, Clinics, & Surgery and SPF Baboon Nursery 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.


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


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.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education: Some College.

Certification: Must meet department American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification requirements.

Preferred Certification: AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Certification.

Experience: Two years of animal related experience in an animal hospital/clinic or an animal research facility. May substitute required experience with completed years of college on a one to one basis.

Preferred Experience: College level courses in biological sciences.

Onsite Presence: Is Required.





Exposure to animals

Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue

Exposure to Radiation

Extreme Hot/Cold

Hazardous Chemicals and Materials




Operating Equipment

Outside Work

Physical Proximity

Sedentary Environment

Wearing Protective Equipment

Wet Conditions

Working At Heights

Working on uneven/slippery surface

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Constant 67-100%

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Seldom 3-10%

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Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%




Arm/Hand Steadiness






Depth Perception


Dynamic Flexibility

Eye/Hand Coordination

Fine finger movement

Foot Action

Glare Sensitivity


Hearing Sensitivity




Neck Movements

Night Vision

Olfactory Perception





Tactile Perception


Visual Acuity

Visual Color Discrimination


Wrist Motion


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Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

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Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

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Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

20-50 lbs

20-50 lbs

50+ lbs


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.