The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, a fully accredited AAALAC research facility, in Austin, Minnesota invites applications for a Clinical Veterinarian with faculty appointment. This is a full-time position with 50% effort as The Hormel Institute’s Clinical Veterinarian and the other 50% as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine/Pathology.
Clinical Veterinarian: The chosen candidate will provide clinical veterinary care and research support to The Hormel Institute. They will advise the Institution on all issues affecting animal care, housing and use, and share responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring programs to insure regulatory compliance. This person will provide professional animal welfare guidance to researchers, staff and administration and ensure the program complies with all applicable regulations and guidelines. They will advise and train animal care technicians and veterinary technicians and develop and provide training to researchers using animals. In addition, this individual may serve on the IACUC, provide assistance to investigators in the development of protocols for IACUC submission and advise/assist Principal Investigators in the performance of animal care and use protocols. This position includes on-call veterinary support responsibilities for The Hormel Institute campus.
Faculty: The chosen candidate will support The Hormel Institute through collaborative or independent research and education. The level of faculty appointment will be determined by the research experience of the applicant.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Clinical Veterinarian (50%)
Provide clinical and surgical care and research support to a variety of animal species in accordance with current veterinary medical practices, federal regulations, PHS Policy, and AAALAC Int., standards. Being sure to prepare and maintain accurate records detailing diagnostic decisions ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and standards.
Provide guidance to research personnel on animal model and protocol development, the selection of appropriate anesthetics and analgesics, surgical techniques and procedures, pre- and post-operative care, rodent breeding colony management, and methods of euthanasia.
Provide training to comparative medicine and research personnel on the humane care and use of laboratory animals, veterinary medical procedures and techniques, the appropriate use of veterinary equipment, occupational health and safety issues, and other topics relevant to working with laboratory animals.
Develop and implement programs, policies and procedures regarding preventative medicine, veterinary medical care, emergency treatment, environmental monitoring, environmental enrichment, animal procurement, quarantine, and acclimation consistent with good veterinary practices and regulations associated with the safe and ethical use of animals in research, with emphasis on rodents.
Assist the IACUC in maintaining compliance with the Federal Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as well as maintenance of AAALAC accreditation. Active participation on the IACUC.
Assist with internal/external program reviews and inspections.
Effective communication and collaboration that foster and maintain productive working relationships with The Hormel Institute leaders, investigators and research personnel, the IACUC and other entities involved with the animal care program.
Keep up to date on new technology advances in the care and treatment of laboratory animals and provides in-service training to staff and other research personnel. o Must be able to be on-call for weekends on a rotating basis, and occasional holiday work is required.
Must be able to pass a background check, education verification and pre-employment drug screening test.
Performs other duties as required.
Comparative Medicine Faculty Appointment (50%)
Participate in collaborative research with other faculty members from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and outside institutions by providing services, advising and consulting on projects.
Advise on gross necropsy and histopathological interpretation of research animals.
Present and publish case report material and research findings at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed journals.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited institution
Board Certification or eligible by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
Current licensure to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state with an ability to obtain a Minnesota license within one year
At least 2 years of clinical experience in institutional veterinary medicine/laboratory animal science and medicine (at an institution with animal care and use facilities supporting research activities)
Experience in managing an animal care program that supports small animal models
Knowledge of current Federal Animal Welfare Regulations and familiarity with the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) accreditation processes and experience working with an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Must have clinical veterinary skills in medicine, surgery and anesthesia
Must be able to provide strong clinical support with little or no direct supervision
Experience developing and implementing training programs with ability to effectively train individuals with varying backgrounds in aspects of animal care and veterinary support
A desire to work collaboratively with principal investigators to enable the development of new experimental and surgical models
Superior interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
Adaptable and open to change in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with varying and ever-changing needs while maintaining a cohesive animal care and use program. Proven ability to effectively organize, prioritize and perform multiple job functions and conflicting priorities, meet deadlines, and manage changing situations. Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills to manage complex tasks and/or those that require balancing competing interests. Demonstrate patience and reliability.
Strong leadership skills with the ability to work professionally, cooperatively, and effectively with a diverse workforce such as: faculty, technicians, animal care workers, students, IACUC and regulators to foster and maintain a high-quality animal care and use programs and facilities
A team player able to thrive in a customer centric, continuous improvement environment with the ability to build and sustain constructive, trusted relationships with colleagues and members of the animal user community
Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality with discretion
Proficiency with computer hardware and software, must include Microsoft Word and Excel. Web and email savvy
An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a related science
Completion of postdoctoral training in laboratory animal medicine or equivalent experience.
Experience developing, leading and managing an AAALAC accredited program.
Experience working in a research intensive academic setting.
Be able to work collaboratively with veterinary faculty, veterinary technicians within the department and academic leaders and senior research staff throughout campus
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