The Animal Care/Use Compliance Spc oversees the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for the Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) Network. This position is responsible for maintaining the quality assurance standards for IACUC. The incumbent ensures that all activities involving animals comply with all governing bodies and their mandates. Additionally, this role will lead less experienced specialists and provide regulatory guidance to investigators.
Responsibilities1. Reviews, implements, and maintains IACUC procedures and policies. Recommends changes and modifications as needed.
2. Interprets and applies federal, state, and local laws and regulations relevant to use of animals in research, teaching, and testing for all species used or housed at CDI.
3. Maintains all related records in compliance with HMH SOPs and regulatory requirements.
4. Reviews and analyzes documentation supporting the annual report to the USDA of animal pain/distress categories.
5. Oversees the pre-review and approval process for research animal care and uses protocols, amendments and annual reviews.
6. Provides preliminary review of animal research protocols, amendments and annual reviews prior to submission to the IACUC and will follow up on all protocol changes and modifications required by the IACUC.
7. Communicates with investigators, IACUC Committee members, IACUC Chair, Vet and animal care staff on a regular basis.
8. Notifies investigators of actions taken by the IACUC with respect to their research protocols.
9. Independently schedules and performs post-approval monitoring audits.
10. Organize and accompany the IACUC on semiannual inspections of the animal facility and laboratories; and perform inspection rechecks for any noncompliance found.
11. Implements and maintains IACUC electronic review system by developing smart forms and run reviews through the electronic system.
12. Responsible for updating and writing IACUC Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines.
13. Prepares IACUC meeting minutes, correspondence, agendas, and semi-annual Inspection, PHS, USDA and AAALAC reports under the guidance of the IACUC Chair and Institutional Attending Veterinarian.
1. Bachelor of Arts degree in biomedical sciences, ethics, public health or related field.
2. Minimum 4 years of experience and knowledge of USDA and PHS regulations.
3. Demonstrated written and oral communications skills.
4. Ability to perform multiple tasks with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
5. Working knowledge of research and medical terminology.
6. Demonstrated ability to work independently in a team-oriented environment, follow through, independently perform against deadlines with frequent interruptions and competing priorities.
7. Ability to exercise sound judgment and initiative in collecting technical information from a wide variety of sources; to maintain confidentiality with tact and discretion; to interpret and apply ethical principles.
8. Strong computer skills including MS Office, Word, Excel.
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