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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIAN I (Open Rank) in Brownsville, Texas

Posting NumberSRGV5598


Number of Vacancies2

LocationBrownsville, Texas

DepartmentSchool of Medicine / Human Genetics



Scope of Job

Performs work in the handling, care, and treatment of animals used in experiments and, of animals maintained in breeding colonies that produce animals for use in experiments.

Description of Duties

  • Provides routine care of animals including feeding, and cleaning and sanitizing cages and environmental enrichment devices.

  • Assists in maintaining animal care, facilities and equipment. and with procedures.

  • Maintains records of the daily census of animal colonies and of diets, life history events, genealogy, weights, and health status of individual animals.

  • Follows special instructions for the care and experimental manipulation of laboratory animals, including instructions pertaining to prescribed preventive and therapeutic treatment procedures.

  • May administer special diets and medicines to animals.

  • May prepare animals for, and assists in conducting, experimental and clinical procedures, including blood sampling and surgery.

  • May perform post-operative care of animals, including administration of drugs, removal of sutures, and dressing of wounds.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

Direct supervision from assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given


Required Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education



Preferred:As condition of employment this position requires the applicant to be authorized to operate a University-Owned Vehicle for Official University Business. Per University of Texas System Policy 157, applicants will be subject to a motor vehicle record check for their most recent thirty-six (36) month history. Out of State Drivers are required to submit a 36-month history MVR from their prior State of residence(s).

Required Experience


Preferred Experience

Related experience.


Use of standard office equipment.

Working Conditions

Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Frequent travel and weekend work is required. Standard laboratory setting, exposure to bio-hazardous material, extreme temperatures, odors, noise, vibration, allergens and humidity. Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and will include the use of personal protective equipment. Working conditions are an indoor and outdoor environment with exposure to temperature variations, infectious diseases, and animals. May be required to lift up to 50 pounds while performing duties in the animal care facility.


Physical Capabilities

This position will be subject to a pre-employment physical.

Employment CategoryFull-Time

Minimum SalaryCommensurate with Experience

Posted SalaryCommensurate with Experience

Position Available Date01/18/2022

Grant Funded PositionNo

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EEO Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

Date of Birth



Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

If you have any questions, please visit our Careers site at for detailed contact information.

Additional Information

UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check ( CBC ). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Are you a current UTRGV employee?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you now, or previously, employed by The University of Texas System or any of its institutions?
  • Yes - I currently am employed by the UT System or its institutions

  • Yes - I have previously been employed by the UT System or its institutions

  • No - I have never been employed by the UT System or its institutions

    • Please select your highest level of completed education.
  • 6th grade education

  • 10th grade education

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Associates Degree, Technical, or Trade School Degree/Certification or 60 Hours of College Hours

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited university

  • Masters Degree from an accredited university

  • Ph. D. or other terminal degree from an accredited university

  • None of the above

    • Please provide the field of study for your education:

(Open Ended Question)

    • Please indicate the number of years of work experience you have directly related to the position in which you are applying for:
  • Less than 1 year

  • 1 year

  • 2 years

  • 3 years

  • 4 years

  • 5 years

  • 6 years

  • 7 years

  • 8 years

  • 9 years

  • 10 years

  • Over 10 years

    • Do you meet the minimum requirements for this position?
  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Reference Letter 1

  • Reference Letter 2

  • Reference Letter 3

  • Certifications and Licenses

  • Training Certificates

  • Other Document

  • List of 3 References

  • Unofficial Transcripts 2

  • Unofficial Transcripts 3

  • Letter of Interest

  • Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

  • Additional Document