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Senior Research Veterinarian

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Animal Care
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific, Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

The Animal Research and Care Division (ACRD) ensures the well-being of animals used in research, teaching, and production at Virginia Tech. As a division of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Senior Research Veterinarian will serve as an ARCD team member in providing guidance and support university-wide in the execution of research and teaching engagement involving animal resources. Specifically, the Senior Research Veterinarian will be responsible for:
- Providing clinical veterinary medical and surgical care and research support for a variety of laboratory animal species maintained across ARCD managed facilities in compliance with applicable federal regulations (e.g., AWA and AWRs), PHS Policy, professional guidelines (e.g. the Guide, the Ag Guide), and institutional and ACRD policies, procedures, and practices.
- Providing oversight, guidance, and direction of the humane care and use of animals used in research and teaching activities in non-ACRD managed facilities or program included but not limited to the College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM), the College of Agriculture, Agriculture Research and Extension Centers (ARECs), and investigator managed areas.
- Assisting the facility supervisor with operating and maintaining the animal facility in compliance with applicable regulations, professional guidelines, and institutional and ARCD policies, procedures, and practices.
- Overseeing, directing and is responsible for a defined component of the veterinary care program.

Position requires participation in the veterinary on-call rotation.

Required Qualifications

- Veterinary medical degree (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) from an AVMA accredited or approved veterinary medical college or ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) certification for graduates of nonAVMAaccredited veterinary medical programs.
- Current and active license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one of the United States.
- Eligibility for ACLAM certification (ACLAM board eligible) or other applicable veterinary medicine specialty board certification determined by the Assistant VPRI, Attending Veterinarian.
- Completion of ACLAM (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine) approved laboratory animal training program with relevant experience or OR equivalent progressive experience without a training program.
- Working knowledge of federal regulations (e.g., AWA and AWRs) and professional guidelines (e.g., the Guide, and the Ag Guide) pertaining to animal research and teaching activities.
- Demonstrated effective leadership and supervisory experience.
- Effective communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to engage effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders.
- Basic computer skills including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g. email, word processing, and spreadsheets).

Preferred Qualifications

- ACLAM (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine) board certification and active diplomate status.
- Active board certification status in another veterinary medical specialty board may be acceptable as determined by the Assistant VPRI, Attending Veterinarian.
- M.S. or Ph.D. in a laboratory animal or relevant biomedical research discipline.
- National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) certification.
- Current or active license to practice veterinary medicine in Virginia.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

June 8, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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