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HCSS Animal Attendant (Cage Wash Processing)

Research Academic & Clinical
HealthCare System Staffing
2302646 Requisition #


 To assist in providing care of laboratory animals in a humane, safe and sanitary manner including duties associated with cage washing, sanitation and preparation of animal research facilities.
Cage Washing:
  • Prepares soiled caging for washing.
  • Operates washing equipment and ensures proper working order during daily operating procedures, routine cleaning, and preventive maintenance.

  • Operates autoclave to sterilize or decontaminate caging equipment.
  • Performs daily quality control checks and documents effectiveness of cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Assembles clean and sanitized caging for distribution according to supply orders.

  • Maintains sanitary conditions of cage washing rooms and other ancillary areas, such as hallways and storage areas.

  • Disposes of soiled waste and trash.
  • Transports caging and supplies between animal rooms and cage washing rooms.
  • Provides daily husbandry care, including feeding and watering, for all species.
  • Changes and sanitizes animal caging as scheduled.
  • Maintains enrichment program as specified for each species.
  • Sanitizes rooms, equipment and hallways as scheduled.
  • Documents daily, weekly and monthly duties accurately.
  • Observes animals for behavior change and/or evidence of disease and notifies veterinary staff as appropriate.

  • Receives transports and distributes incoming animals as specified.
  • Ensures accurate cage cards and census.
  • Provides specialized animal care, including quarantine, biohazard and sterile housing.

  • Ensures equipment in animal rooms are functioning properly.

Cage Washing and Husbandry: 

  • Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.
  • Attends in-house training programs to become more knowledgeable in the field of laboratory animal science.

  • Provides superior customer service.
  • Follows safety precautions and wears correct protective equipment.
  • Follows rules and regulations related to laboratory animal care.



  • May assist ARC logistics team with transport of caging or materials and with the receipt and storage of supplies.

  • Performs related duties as required.





High school or equivalent. No experience required. Candidate must have a 2-step TB skin test prior to starting work. Proof of successful completion is required. 



 Industrial type cage and rack washers, autoclaves, pallet jacks, animal caging and racks.
  • Support equipment used in a laboratory animal science multi-species facility and standard office equipment.



  • Standard research facility environment.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Work weekends, holidays, and some overtime when needed.
  • Frequent contact with animal allergens, such as hair and dander.
  • Frequent exposure to animal odors, heat and humidity from cage washing rooms, and chemicals used in the cleaning process.

  • Possible contact with zoonotic diseases and or research materials could be hazardous to a fetus.

  • Potential exposure to radiation and biohazards.

*This is a contract position through UTMB HealthCare Systems Staffing (the in-house staffing agency). Therefore, no benefits are associated with this position. 

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