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Job Title: Animal Husbandry (Animal Care Takers- 3 positions)
Location: Fort Sam Houston; Houston, Texas

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The USAISR’s mission is to provide combat casualty care medical solutions and products for wounded warriors, from self-aid through definitive care across the full spectrum of military operations; provide state-of-the-art trauma, burn, and critical care to Department of Defense beneficiaries and civilians; and provide Burn Flight Teams. The USAISR does this through three unique missions:

  • To provide requirements driven innovations in combat casualty care advance medical care for injured services members;
  • As the only Burn Center in the DoD provide state of the art burn, trauma and critical care to injured war fighters and DoD beneficiaries around the world;
  • Through the Joint Trauma System, provide a performance improvement system dedicated to ensuring that medical care is organized according to the needs of the patient


Within the vivarium at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), we provide support services for veterinary and animal care in support of all research task areas. Provide support for laboratory services for biomedical research sample analysis in areas of chemistry, coagulation, histology, microbiology; provide support for the full-spectrum of research animal care to include medical and surgical care; and daily husbandry requirements.


The Animal Husbandry position is to provide support for veterinary and animal care in all aspect of the vivarium.  Demonstrating technical, operational, and administrative expertise in support of customer's organizational and departmental objectives.



  • Cleans and sanitizes environment, to include: animal cages, enclosures, runs, racks, carts, treatment rooms, radiology room(s), adjacent hallways, foyers, storage space, and feed storage refrigerators on a daily basis in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Maintains feed and water containers on a daily basis.
  • Ensures accurate identification of animals moved, requested, or treated.
  • Conducts daily inspection of automatic watering systems, door latches, and fittings, to include reporting needed repairs.
  • Manages supplies and materials, to include animal feed, bedding and enrichment.
  • Observes animals continually for indications of poor health or injury, and reports any abnormalities immediately.
  • Provides basic preoperative preparation on animals to include clipping and scrubbing surgical sites.
  • Monitors basic animal vital signs to include taking an animal's temperature, pulse, and respiration rate before surgery, during surgery, and during recovery from surgery.
  • Cleans and sanitizes environment including biohazard storage refrigerators
  • Be reasonable for Conducting daily animal census


Required Qualifications:

  • Must be able to get the AALAS certification within 1 year of employment
  • Previous experiencing in Managing animals in accordance with the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", 1996, National Academy Press publication, Washington DC; and AR 40-33 "The Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in DOD Programs"
  • Skills and ability to handling animals in conjunction with relocating, examining, grooming, or administering medication.
  • Expertise in collecting biological samples
  • Skill administering treatments as directed
  • Ability to apply and use USDA and PHS guidelines
  • Understands and has the ability to work within the Animal Welfare Act Regulations
  • Must be a United State Citizen


Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 6 months of professional experience
  • Preferred previous experience in military or government environment
  • Current AALAS certification


Security Clearance Requirements:

  • Upon hiring, candidate will be subjected to a PUBLIC TRUST CLEARANCE LEVEL investigation which is required to be adjudicated and maintained, in order to remain eligible for employment, per contract and government requirements



The duties of this position performed in a restricted area, whose ambient temperature can be higher than normal and where a risk of exposure to infection and contagious disease exists.  All personal must wear and use adequate personnel protective equipment. All successful candidate will have to meet the USAISR Health requirements. New hire will comply with safety procedures and infection control/occupational health procedures pertaining to the entire ISR facility, but in particular to the laboratory, vivarium and animal surgery area. This may include documentation of the following: TB Test; Hepatitis B vaccine, titer, or wavier, Toxoplasmosis titer (females); Rabies (pre-bite) vaccine, titer, or wavier, Brucellosis titer; Q-Fever titer, Tetanus booster within the last 5; HIV titer, as required. Other special exam such as pulmonary function, respirator fit, audiogram and/or laser vision testing may also be required. 




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