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Supervisor, Animal Care

Vice President for Research
23001222 Requisition #

Job Summary:
Supervise and train support staff in a complex animal care facility by providing oversight of animal attendant staff to ensure departmental operating standards and federal regulations are followed. Provide oversight of species and appropriate husbandry associated with facility and equipment operations in support of animal research.

Job Duties:

  1. Supervises support level employees or entry-to-experienced-level individual contributors assigned to an operational unit; plans work schedules and distributes workload; maintains and reports staff time, attendance and time off requests; conducts periodic and annual performance reviews; and participates in hiring and disciplinary actions.
  2. Implements and conducts departmental training sessions for the animal attendant staff to include Standard Operating Procedures, safety, and policies.
  3. Provides on-the-job training for animal attendant personnel.
  4. Responsible for making adjustments or recommended enhancements to processes to solve problems or improve effectiveness of job area.
  5. Evaluates, purchases, and receives feed, equipment, and supplies for operational unit; oversees the receiving, transport/shipping, facility sanitation and husbandry of animals; participates in animal census program; reviews and regulatory-mandated forms and records for accuracy.
  6. Participates in the design and execution of renovation/construction activities and utility shutdowns in area of responsibility; inspect facilities and submit maintenance requests.
  7. Prepares and participates in animal facility inspections to ensure compliance with regulatory standards (e.g. IACUC, AAALAC, USDA).
  8. Confers with researchers regarding special handling, treatment, and housing needs; periodically administer medications and treatments under qualified supervision; report animal health concerns to veterinary staff.
  9. Serves on rotations as a weekend/holiday supervisor and on–call supervisor.

High school diploma or GED is required 

Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred.
Requires Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences (AALAS) is required.

Five (5) years experience within a recognized laboratory animal facility is required, or three (3) years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Two (2) or more years supervisory experience is preferred.

Benefits Overview

UT Health San Antonio offers an excellent benefits package for its employees. Employees who work at least 20 hours a week, with an appointment of at least 4.5 months, are eligible for benefits.

Medical- UT SELECT Medical insurance is offered free for employees and administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Family members can be added to the plan through payroll deduction. Employees and their dependents can also receive discounted copays and coinsurance when using UT Health Physicians, a network of 800 premier physicians including more than 100 specialists.

Dental - Three dental insurance plan options are available for employees and their families through Delta Dental Insurance Company, two PPOs and one dental HMO plan. Both PPO plans allow employees to choose any licensed dentist.

Vision- Fully insured Vision Care benefits are offered by Superior Vision Services. Two vision plan options that offer either standard or enhanced vision benefits. Life Employees receive $40,000 of group term life insurance and $40,000 of basic accidental death and dismemberment insurance for free, with options to purchase additional employee and dependent coverage for both at group rates.

Retirement- Employees are eligible for either the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). TRS is a defined benefit retirement plan which UT Health matches employee contributions. ORP is for eligible faculty staff employees. Voluntary retirement programs are also available to invest before- or after-tax dollars with the choice of five quality retirement plan providers.

Time Off- A generous leave program offers multiple paid leave options:

Front-loaded Paid Time Off: 128 to 208 hours (16 to 26 days) of Paid Time Off based on years of service, given at the start of each fiscal year. PTO may be prorated in year one based on date of hire.

Extended Illness Bank: 8 hours (1 day) accrued per month which can be used for illness or injury after one day of Paid Time Off is taken.

Paid Family Leave: Up to 240 hours (6 weeks) to care for a spouse, child, or parent after 6 months of consecutive employment.

Holidays: 12 set paid holidays each year plus three floating holidays, which can be used anytime during the fiscal year.

FSAs- Employees can enroll in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to set aside money from earnings before taxes for qualifying dependent day care expenses or out-of-pocket health care expenses.


Discounts- Employees enjoy a range of discounts on services, tickets, and gym membership.

UT Health San Antonio is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  It is our policy to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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