Research Clinical Veterinarian

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
30 Sep 2016
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Tracking Code 7479/I1614

Job Description

The Research Clinical Veterinarian is responsible for the development and operations of the ABSL-4 animal core in the NEIDL, and to support investigators by serving as a resource on the development of animal models and use of animals for infectious disease research. The maximum containment veterinarian must be able use his/her experience to work with ASC, EHS and NEIDL training staff to help develop training programs for animal core staff to work safely and securely within an ABSL-4 environment, work collaboratively with scientific staff to develop appropriate animal models, and develop capabilities needed within the facility to deliver a program supporting animal models of infectious diseases. This position reports to the Attending Veterinarian and Director, BUASC, and provides dedicated services to the NEIDL ABSL-4 facility under the leadership of the NEIDL Director or designee.

 Other duties include;

  • Provides clinical oversight/support for research animal care and use with concentration on ABSL-4 Maximum Containment Animal Facility.
  • Responsibilities include providing diagnostic and clinical care for a variety of species, technical guidance and technique training to researchers and staff in maximum containment.
  • Advises on husbandry and care, examination and problem solving in a range of species.
  • Provide assistance in support of biomedical research for the Boston University
  • Laboratory Animal Science Program with a specific focus on ABSL-4 research. Assist the Attending Veterinarian 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.
  • Provide guidance and direction to all maximum containment Animal Core Staff in all animal health and husbandry related situations, including but not limited to, a) development and refinement of SOPs for all aspects of animal care and use within the ABSL-4 containment, b) collaborate on training of staff in handling both uninfected and infected animals under ABSL-4 conditions, c) ensure ABSL-4 areas for animal research within maximum bio containment meet NEIDL  policies, and CDC guidelines, and  work with EHS ensure that animal core technical staff are properly mentored and fully vetted to be competent to perform their job functions safely.
  • The successful candidate must have experience in veterinary care for animals housed in a bio containment environment and have the ability to provide professional, high quality service and training to laboratory users in an academic biomedical research environment. Extensive knowledge and experience in rodent and non-human primate models, of infectious diseases at ABSL-4 is essential. Experience with other animal models is desirable. The successful candidate should also have experience in dosing, sampling, and/or physiological data measurements of animals, particularly non-human primates, in a bio containment environment.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and synergistically with a variety of stakeholders in areas including environmental health and safety, facilities, and security, as well as scientists is essential. The candidate must be qualified and able, if required by the Director of the ASC, to assume attending veterinarian status within the ABSL-4 facility, per the BU Policy “Authority of the Attending Veterinarian” and all other applicable regulations

Required Skills

Must have a veterinary degree from an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine with post graduate experience in a laboratory animal program that has involved IACUC and regulatory related responsibilities.

Must meet qualification requirements for the Personnel Suitability and Reliability Program, including DOJ/FBI background checks and SRA clearance, in order to handle Select Agents and work in a maximum bio containment environment.

Must be willing to participate in a medical health surveillance and be able to wear protective Level A (full air supplied) suit. Because the person will be a member of the BUASC, s/he will be called upon at times to manage veterinary duties outside of maximum containment as assigned and participate in department managerial and business systems.  Weekend and out of “normal business hours” work will be required. 

Special Skills:

•         In-Depth Knowledge of contemporary clinical veterinary and laboratory animal medicine and practices in a maximum containment research facility.

•         Knowledge of various select agents and their effect on laboratory animals.

•         Membership in organizations such as the AAALAS (national and/or regional association) or ACLAM

•         General computer skills including Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel.

•         Familiar with data bases

•         Licensed to practice within the United States

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular