MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Animal Technician / Night Technician - Bastrop, Texas in Bastrop, Texas

This position will reside at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research located in Bastrop, Texas.

The position requires a rotating weekly schedule working evenings and nights between the hours of 7:00PM and 7:00AM.

Salary Range: $30,400(min) $38,000(mid) $45,600(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 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 procedures and techniques in the area of laboratory animal care, medicine or surgery within the department of Veterinary Sciences. This position will support all animal care programs providing evening and night coverage in the performance of duties. This position interacts with U.T. Police and Physical Plant personnel on security and facility operations issues. 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.

Performs checking locks of other care staff.

Prepares and distributes daily diet/enrichment.

May provide direction and basic husbandry training to staff.

Participates in positive reinforcement training for maintenance of trained behaviors.

May assist with weekly produce supply orders and feeding schedule.

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 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.

Provides technical service support for various activities that may include clinical and surgical support.

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

Under supervision, administers anesthetic agents, intramuscular and intravenous injections.

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

Under supervision, may assist in operating radiology and imaging unit.

As assigned, may receive controlled drug training and drug key access.

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).

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

May serve as a weekend lead.

Serves as back-up for Team Leaders/Technologists or Supervisors as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education: Some College.

Certification: AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certification.

Preferred Certification: AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Certification.

Experience: 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.

Preferred Experience: None.





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

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Seldom 3-10%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Seldom 3-10%

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


Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

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.