Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine/ Attending Veterinarian
We are inviting an accomplished leader and veterinarian into our growing and evolving organization that is supporting end-to-end research for the betterment of animal health and human outcomes. We are one of just a handful of facilities in the country in a position to provide this level of clinical caregiving and specialization.
Purpose of the role:
The Director LAM and the Attending Veterinarian is responsible for the well-being and clinical care of the animal models and the growth and development of the veterinary services team. This responsibility extends to supervising and promoting animal well-being at all times during animal use and during all phases of the animal’s life, as well as the compliance monitoring, quality management, and safety of the animal models. This position performs a critical function in supporting excellent animal care and welfare within the context of the highly successful biopharmaceutical regulatory (Good Laboratory Practices, GLP) contract research service. The AV/Director has reporting line to the Institutional Official who has ultimate authority over the program.
This role contributes to the success of the organization and Animal Welfare by:
- Direct Management of the Veterinary Team (4), the Behavioral Enrichment Training team, and IACUC management – a total of 11 individuals and growing.
- Providing veterinary guidance to animal caretakers, managers, scientists, and other stakeholders within the Organization on the implementation of the three Rs
- To engender and support a “Culture of Care” within Organization while promoting and demonstrating professional standards.
- Furthering program development as well as site improvements through personnel growth and professional development, facility improvements, animal welfare audits, and evaluation of clinical care.
- Ensure a strong collaborative working relationship between the IACUC and the Veterinary Staff
- Maintain and provide necessary revisions to the AAALAC-International Program Description.
- Active membership in the various IACUCs for the assigned sites and assuming related projects and tasks, responsibilities can also be assigned to a designee..
- Providing direct, or through a designee, veterinary clinical services, including herd health, biosecurity practices, adventitious organism prevention, detection, containment, and eradication, as well as surgery, anesthesia, and analgesia as needed.
- Providing veterinary expertise and guidance for customers and other stakeholders regarding animal health and welfare.
- Fulfilling the role of Attending Veterinarian for the assigned sites as required for PHS OLAW Assurance, AAALAC Accreditation, and USDA AWA compliance.
- Developing and maintaining knowledge and expertise in laboratory animal science and other relevant specialist disciplines through unsupervised study, reading scientific publications, and attending scientific meetings and courses.
- Providing veterinary support to other Organization sites upon request.
- Promoting and complying with Organization’s quality procedures.
- Providing oversight, expertise, and practical guidance with regard to animal health monitoring programs.
- Providing direct, or through designees, veterinary oversight, expertise, and coverage as indicated for the surgical facilities located at various sites, including developing new surgical models and providing guidance on current best practices in surgical procedures and anesthesia.
- Providing oversight and guidance regarding maintaining relevant local, state, and federal veterinary and animal-related regulatory compliance.
- Contributing veterinary scientific expertise as needed for education and training programs for animal care employees, supervisors, managers, and other Organization stakeholders.
- Promoting and complying with Organization’s health and safety procedures.
- Fulfilling any other assigned duties that may be required by Organization.
- Experience carrying out audits or inspections preferred
- Sufficient time in laboratory animal medicine to gain competency in veterinary herd health, clinical medicine, surgery skill, team management, and personnel development.
- Maintaining state veterinary licensure and federal accreditation through continuing education credits.
- Fluent in English, spoken and in writing
- Veterinary degree
- Experience in a contract research environment and familiarity with applicable regulations
- Proactively searches for opportunities to develop own skills and knowledge
- Gives practical support and assistance to enable individuals to get the job done
- Identifies improvement opportunities in their department and across the facility.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Demonstrates effective use of time and resources
- Routinely meets agreed deadlines
- Builds rapport to influence message, acceptance, and understanding
- Develops laboratory animal herd health, clinical medicine, and surgery skills
- Interest/experience in animal ethics, welfare science, genetically engineered colony management, health programs, genetics, or other related disciplines would be an advantage.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
- Ability to assist development and evaluation of progressive advances in animal care and research
- Ability to effectively function independently, as part of a team, and in collaboration with diverse audiences.
- ACLAM diplomate or other specialty board certification
- Previous teaching/tutoring experience
- Computer proficiency and ability to learn the use of specific data capture systems
- Animal production, surgery, anesthesia, or other related further experience or qualification in the veterinary field