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Animal Technician - Veterinary Sciences

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)
MISSION STATEMENT
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.
SUMMARY
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.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
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
regulations.
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.
REQUIREMENTS
Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Preferred Education: Bachelor's degree in a biological science.
Certification: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification within 180 days of eligibility.
Preferred Certification: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Laboratory Animal Technician certification or above.
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: Experience gained in a university research setting.
Onsite Presence: Is Required.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Frequency
Deadlines
Electrical
Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Extreme Hot/Cold
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials
Humid/Dry
Lighting
Noise
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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Frequent 34-66%
Constant 67-100%
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Constant 67-100%
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Constant 67-100%
Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Frequency
Weight
Arm/Hand Steadiness
Balancing
Bending/Stooping
Carrying
Climbing
Crawling
Depth Perception
Driving
Dynamic Flexibility
Eye/Hand Coordination
Fine finger movement
Foot Action
Glare Sensitivity
Handling
Hearing Sensitivity
Keyboarding
Kneeling
Lifting
Neck Movements
Night Vision
Olfactory Perception
Pushing/Pulling
Reaching
Sitting
Standing
Tactile Perception
Twisting
Visual Acuity
Visual Color Discrimination
Walking
Wrist Motion
Squatting
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Constant 67-100%
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Occasionally 11-33%
Frequent 34-66%
Frequent 34-66%
Constant 67-100%
Frequent 34-66%
Occasionally 11-33%
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COGNITIVE DEMANDS
Analytical Ability
Appropriate Behavior
Attention to detail
Comprehending
Creativity
Critical Thinking
Following Instructions
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Interpersonal Skills
Mathematical Skills/Reasoning
Memorizing/Remembering
Multitasking
Oral Communication
Organizing
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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html
Additional Information
Employee Status: Regular
Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 26,000
Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 32,500
Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 39,000

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