MD Anderson Cancer Center Animal Resources Technologist in Houston, Texas

Animal Resources Technologist

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Research at

VP Science 710388

Requisition #: 117645

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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 $ 34,400 mid $ 43,000 max $ 51,600.


1. Health Rounds:

  • Perform daily health monitoring inspections of assigned area. Monitor for cages with indicators, such as color coded cards, of various health related problems. Visually inspect animals for signs of health related or other problems. Make preliminary diagnosis of health issues and initiate treatment based on veterinarian approved algorithms. Report unusual or abnormal findings to the Clinical Veterinarian. Maintain treatment records in the appropriate electronic system. Sends e-mails to investigator staff reporting emergency euthanasia and other selected emergency conditions. Enters the treatment charges into appropriate electronic system. Keeps SharePoint forms and shared Outlook calendar up to date. Follows standards for recording use of controlled


2. Quality Assurance andCompliance:

  • Performs quarterly sentinel monitoring of animal housing areas. Submits all requested samples and appropriate submission documentation to the laboratory. Performs monthly quality assurance health checks and records findings in spreadsheet. Routinely monitor protocols and participate in post-approval monitoring including, but not limited to, surgical technique verification, procedure observation, lab visits, and routine communications with research staff regarding protocol issues.

3. Research Support and Training:

  • Assist in and perform minor surgical procedures using appropriate instruments and aseptic technique. Educate researchers in appropriate use of isoflurane, oxygen, analgesic use and aseptic technique. May provide pre-, peri- and post-operative care including, but not limited to: shaving and skin preparation, animal transport, administration of anesthesia and analgesia, bandaging, or any other treatment as directed by the veterinarian. Provide technical assistance support for research staff including, but not limited to, phlebotomy, parenteral and oral administration of materials, animal restraint, anesthesia, tissue collection, etc. Records assistance procedures and enters in appropriate electronic system for billing. Participates in training research staff on rodent technical skills. Must have working knowledge of techniques to advise investigators in best practices and be available to perform various procedures on both mice and rats. Clean, prepare, pack, and sterilize surgical instruments/equipment. Maintain surgical instruments in proper working order.

4.Other duties as assigned.



Required: Bachelor's degree in a Biological Science.


Required: None. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis with one year of animal care experience in a lead capacity.

Preferred: Animal experience.


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