Attending Veterinarian. The Attending Veterinarian is in charge of establishing and monitoring all animal care and use standards and is responsible for making sure that animal care and use is in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, providing oversight of the program to assure medical care of animals, including diagnosis and treatment of disease, preventive medicine, health monitoring and quarantine. The Attending Veterinarian has responsibility for all AAALAC reviews and must assure Institutional compliance to maintain Institutional accreditation. A significant part of this includes participation in the activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and interaction with the Institutional Official. A significant part of this position includes professional, positive and collaborative interactions with all levels of employees; proactive strategic planning of research with principle investigators; business development teams; project management teams; office of research contracts and grants; finance and the Senior Director of Operations.
Qualifications include a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA accredited program and board certification in laboratory animal medicine, by the American College of Laboratory Medicine (ACLAM). AT least 10 years of experience in a laboratory animal facility with five years of experience in a managerial role is required. Having an advanced degree is preferred but not required. The successful veterinarian will be required to become a licensed veterinarian in the state of New Mexico.
The veterinarian must be fully knowledgeable as to animal care and animal use and have knowledge of and ability to ensure compliance with the USDA Animal Welfare Act. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NIH Public Health Service Policy, FDA GLP regulations, DEA regulations, AAALJAC guidelines and all state, country and city rules and regulations. Must be fully knowledgeable of research methodologies. Computer literacy and supervisory/managerial skills are essential.
Other qualifications include being able to use a computer, cell phone, printer, copier and fax and a variety of equipment in the care and use of animals found in a research setting.
Successful completion of a post offer pre-employment physical examination is required. Successful completion of CDC approval to access Select Agent(s)a and Toxin(s) and DOJ, DOD clearance required. Work may be required in the ABSL# and may require vaccinations/immunizations as a condition of employment. Work with hazardous agents or animals, some dangerous such as nonhuman primates, where there is potential of a bite, scratch or needle stick. Physical requirements include carrying, bending, lifting up to 35 pounds, climbing, pushing, pulling, reaching, standing, sitting, hearing, talking, and seeing. May be subjected to loud noises produced by equipment and animals.
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