Western University of Health Sciences
The Animal Resources Facility (ARF) at WesternU is dedicated to providing the highest quality of veterinary medical care, husbandry, enrichment and professional technical support to enable the scientists and their interdisciplinary research to over 20 departments, 5 colleges, and approximately 500 investigative staff.
WesternU now seeks a highly trained full-time Attending Veterinarian who reports to the Senior Vice President for Research & Biotechnology. Position is responsible for evaluating the facility for ongoing research that utilize experimental animals, supporting the faculty in developing animal research protocols, evaluate IACUC protocols and general operations of all WesternU vivaria (approx. 20,000 square feet) including laboratory animal research services in 4 campus laboratory animal facilities, including 1 in WesternU-Northwest campus in Lebanon, Oregon. The ARF has a staff of 6 including animal technicians. All animal facilities associated with the Pomona and Lebanon campus are NIH OLAW-certified.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- fiscal management and establishing rates for animal care.
- developing and implementing efficient business operations, overseeing the purchase of animals, equipment, supplies and services.
- reviewing and conducting the IACUC protocols
- research support service to animal users
- the selection, acquisition and use of research animals and developing educational materials and training for researchers on the use of animals in research
- preparing annual budget for per diem cost sharing
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from an AVMA-accredited program
- Board-certification or Board-eligible by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
- Veterinary licensure in at least one state in the United States
- At least four years’ experience as a Laboratory Animal/Clinical Veterinarian
- Must have experience preparing annual budget for per diem cost sharing
- Ability to work flexible schedule as needed on workload and deadlines
- Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
- Demonstrated record of scholarly activity
- Thorough understanding of all policies and regulations governing animal-based research in the United States as well as AAALAC accreditation process
- Willingness to sign an employee confidentiality agreement
- Clinical Residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine/Comparative Medicine will be considered an advantage
- Experience in USDA-covered species will be preferred
- Ability to obtain USDA accreditation within 6-months of employment
- Evidence of research and teaching experience
List comments regarding work hours
Normal business hours Monday thru Friday
Posting Date 06/04/2020 Closing Date Special Instructions to Applicants
- The incumbent provides continued leadership and vision in the development of research protocols and establishing rates for animal care.
- Develop and implement efficient business operations, oversee the purchase of animals, equipment, supplies and services
- Participate in developing plans for remodeling or building new laboratory animal facilities, attend planning meetings and workshops
- Monitor the safety of research animals, proper conduct of the IACUC and IBC protocols, and other duties assigned by the Senior Vice President for Research
- Support ARF staff members and oversee the animal husbandry and veterinary care components of the program
- Assist with optimizing the physical environment of laboratory animals by advising on proper feeding, care and husbandry, environmental enrichment, and transportation of animals
- Ensure that adequate training opportunities are provided for investigators, students, animal care and ancillary staff in animal handling and safety, as well as basic sampling and research methods
- Provide general information and research support service to animal users such as consultation on grant proposals and budgets, development of animal models and design of experiments, appropriate animal numbers, housing and husbandry
- Interact extensively with all WesternU researchers on the selection, acquisition and use of research animals and provide educational materials and training for researchers on the use of animals in research
- develop and implement a University strategy for enhancing research productivity, and acquiring external funding for animal research
- Work with the Office of Regulatory Affairs to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and institutional laws, regulations, policies and guidelines concerning the animal care program
- Assist with USDA, OLAW, and CDC site visits, audits, and other inspections or reviews as the need arises to ensure the ARF meets or exceeds all regulatory and animal welfare requirements. Our goal is to submit application for AAALAC-accreditation within next 2-3 years.
- Other duties as assigned.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to operate a PC in the performance of job duties, and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to sit, and reach with hands and arms, and occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Duties are routinely performed in a typical animal vivarium and research laboratory setting. While performing duties in this setting the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold (non-weather), and risk of electric shock.
The employee is regularly exposed to wet humid conditions (non-weather), moving mechanical parts, and high precarious places. The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extreme heat (non-weather), and risk of radiation. The noise level in this setting may be loud due to the noise of ventilation system and hydraulic body hoist.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of Recommendation #1
- Letter of Recommendation #2
- Letter of Recommendation #3
- Additional Applicant Document