MD Anderson Cancer Center Animal Technician - Veterinary Medicine & Surgery in Houston, Texas

TheDepartment of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery exists to serve MD Andersonresearch 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 Laboratory AnimalCare (AAALAC) accreditation standards. The department's capabilities are broadbased 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 26,000 mid $32,500 max $39,000

This position could be located at either our North or South Campus.


  1. Routine Animal Care and Specialized Animal Procedures:
  • Performs daily animal care and health flagging for assigned area including areas that require specialized and/or additional training such as chemical agents, radioisotope, and etc. Ensures the ventilated cage rack system and automated drinking water system are operating correctly and reports alarms or malfunctions to Team Leader or supervisor immediately. Performs specialized procedures such as placing special diet in cages, ensuring special water is on the cage with the lixit removed, as well as routine rodent weanings and separations.
  1. Facility & Room Care:
  • Ensures cleanliness and sanitation of animal housing and ancillary areas. Ensures equipment is cleaned, made available for sanitization, and is on the established maintenance schedule. Reports problems to Team Leader or supervisor. Ensures supplies are adequately stocked.
  1. Documentation:
  • Records data in the appropriate hard copy or electronic system. Ensures that data is entered in a timely manner. Records the completion of assigned tasks using the Viewport system. Ensures that the correct animal identification is placed on animals. Reports any discrepancies to the Team Leader or supervisor. Completes all written documentation in clear and legible writing.


Required: High school diploma or equivalent.


Required:Two years of animal related experience in an animal hospital/clinic or animal research facility. 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.