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Animal Attendant - Comparative Medicine and Research

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This position is located within the Department of Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop, Texas.


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 Attendant position is to provide for the care of animals and the associated facilities within the department of Comparative Medicine. This position will primarily support the Rhesus and Baboon area 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.

Prepares and distributes daily diet/enrichment.

May assist in transporting 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.


Animal Healthcare

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

May assist with infant care.


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).


Other duties as assigned.


REQUIREMENTS

Education: High school diploma and equivalent.

Preferred Education: None.

Certification: None.

Preferred Certification: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification.

Experience: None.

Preferred Experience: Some experience working with animals.


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

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