This position will be located at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, Texas.
This position provides evening and night coverage. The work schedule will be from 6:30PM to 5:00AM with rotating weekdays and weekends.
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 Comparative Medicine. This position will support all animal care programs providing evening and night coverage in the performance of duties. This position interacts with UTPH and Research and Administration Facilities 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.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
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: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification within 180 days of eligibility.
Preferred Certification: AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) 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: College level courses in biological science.
Exposure to animals
Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue
Exposure to Radiation
Hazardous Chemicals and Materials
Wearing Protective Equipment
Working At Heights
Working on uneven/slippery surface
Fine finger movement
Visual Color Discrimination
Attention to detail
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
Responding in emergency situations
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
Requisition ID: 125831
Employment Status: Per Diem
Employee Status: Regular
FLSA: non-exempt, eligible for overtime, and is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Work Week: Days
Fund Type: Hard
Pivotal Position: Yes
Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 30,400
Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 38,000
Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 45,600