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Director of Veterinary Medicine

JOB TITLE: Director of Veterinary Medicine

LOCATION:  Rochester, MN

REPORTS TO: CEO

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Veterinary Medicine will be responsible for maintaining and monitoring an adequate program of veterinary care in compliance with the requirements and expectations of USDA, AAALAC, FDA, NIH and other relevant agencies.   Adequate veterinary care consists of programs for preventative medicine; surveillance, diagnosis, treatment, and control of disease, including zoonosis control; management of protocol-associated disease, disability, or other sequelae; anesthesia and analgesia; surgery and postsurgical care; assessment of animal well-being and euthanasia.  As a part of the leadership team, this position will be expected to continually develop leadership, scientific and regulatory excellence and provide insight into company activities and strategic planning.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as the attending veterinarian and a voting member of the IACUC
  • Directs and/or performs medical treatments
  • Oversees veterinary review of Animal Care and Use Protocols
  • Provides formal and informal training and consultation
  • Assists in training areas regarding animal care and welfare
  • Advises the Investigators and IACUC on the appropriateness of specific techniques and methods in animals and recommend alternatives
  • Provides guidance and oversight on experimental surgery process
  • Performs surgical and/or interventional procedures as needed
  • Provides diagnostic necropsy service
  • Drafts and revises site guidelines and SOPs
  • Ensures that all programs relating to animal housing, health monitoring and preventative medicine are complied with according to guidelines, SOPs and industry standards
  • Develops new and improved techniques for care of animals
  • Reviews study protocols with a focus on scientific and animal care content
  • Performs as a Study Director as needed
  • Assist in facility design and planning
  • Assist in herd planning
  • Perform other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Shared oversight of Veterinary Technicians

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • DVM or VMD required
    • Familiarity with swine health and care preferred
    • Surgical training in large animals preferred
  • Technical Competencies:
    • Knowledgeable about the conduct of research involving animals
    • Familiarity with USDA AWA regulations and the Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals preferred, experience working with FDA CVM preferred
    • Experience achieving and maintaining AAALAC accreditation preferred
    • Performance in a high health environment preferred
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

DESIRED KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to thrive in team-based settings, work collaboratively in a team environment with others
  • Ability to achieve goals in a milestone-driven, rapidly changing research environment
  • A professional who is also entrepreneurial, and has a client-minded focus
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to flourish with minimal guidance, be proactive, and handle uncertainty
  • Ability to manage and schedule multiple tasks with various personnel in an efficient manner
  • Possess a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Demonstrate the highest ethical standards and trustworthiness
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Some travel will be required
  • Normal office / animal facility environment
  • Moderate exertion when handling animals. Must be able to lift at least 50lbs