The Animal Research Facility (ARF) provides space, equipment, and care for laboratory animals used for research and teaching purposes. Various federal agencies and private research foundations regulate the use of vertebrate animals used or intended for use in research. Working closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), ARF provides the highest standards of humane care and use of laboratory animals and assures compliance with all applicable ARF and IACUC regulations. ARF shares responsibility to assure that the use of animals in research projects are necessary, that the investigator has included in the protocol measures to eliminate any unnecessary pain and discomfort to the animals, and that alternatives to the use of live animals have been considered.
This position provides veterinary care and fulfills veterinarian responsibilities for the animal care program. This position provides technical guidance and technique training to researchers and staff in the following areas: animal handling, sample collection techniques, compound administration, anesthesia, and regulatory compliance with all regulations and accrediting agency standards. This position performs surgical procedures as required for veterinary care and in support of research protocols, and may lead or direct the work of other animal care staff. This position typically creates, implements, maintains, updates and distributes regulatory compliance documentation.
The Veterinarian provides clinical oversight and support in research animal care and use, with concentration on rodents, rabbits, dogs, pigs, fish and frogs.
Serves as a voting member on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Assists the IACUC in ensuring that research activities are in compliance with federal, state and local regulatory policies, laws and regulations that are relevant to animal care and welfare. Reviews animal research protocols.
Supports departmental biosafety, safety, maintenance/renovation, occupational health and quality assurance programs, as applicable to veterinary care activities
|Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Qualified candidates will hold a D.V.M. degree in a related discipline, plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
A veterinary degree from an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine with post graduate experience in a laboratory animal program that involves IACUC and regulatory related responsibilities, comprehensive veterinary care for animals housed in quarantine, conventional housing, barrier housing and biocontainment to provide professional, high quality service and training to laboratory users in an academic biomedical research environment. Licensed as a veterinarian in the District of Columbia is desired. Extensive knowledge about rodent, rabbit, dog, pig, fish and frog programs and diseases desirable. ACLAM Diplomat preferred or equivalent combination of experience and education is preferred.