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University Attending Veterinarian and Director of Animal Resources and Care Division

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

Job Description

The Office of Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech has an immediate opening for the Attending Veterinarian and Director of the Animal Resources and Care Division (ARCD). This a full-time, non-tenure, Administrative and Professional faculty appointment located in Blacksburg, VA. Faculty appointment in a college may be possible commensurate with the experience of the selected candidate.
The ARCD is responsible for the daily operations and management of several animal facilities that support Virginia Tech’s agriculture, life sciences, health sciences, biomedical, veterinary medicine, and fish and wildlife programs in accordance with applicable regulations, guidelines, and institutional policies. ARCD veterinarians also liaise with and provide veterinary oversight of investigator-managed satellite facilities. Virginia Tech’s AAALAC accredited animal care program comprises approximately 180,000 sq. ft. and 85 acres of animal housing and support space for a wide variety of species that include rodents, small animals, farm species, avian, and aquatic species.

Virginia Tech is a leading land grant university with a comprehensive research and innovation portfolio, with more than $590 million in research expenditures in FY2022. Based in Blacksburg, Virginia with major facilities in Roanoke and northern Virginia and agricultural research extension centers across the commonwealth, Virginia Tech researchers are solving challenges in a rapidly changing world. The Attending Veterinarian and Director of ARCD is a key member of the Office of Research and Innovation’s senior leadership team and is integral to supporting the university’s rapidly growing life and health science portfolio.
The successful candidate will:
• Provide leadership as the university's Attending Veterinarian.
• Provide leadership of the Animal Resources and Care Division and the university's central vivarium facilities.
• Serve as an ex officio voting member of the Virginia Tech Institutional Animal Care Committee (IACUC) as the designated Attending Veterinarian.
• Provide oversight and provision of high-quality veterinary care and animal welfare across the program.
• Work with the Institutional Official, IACUC, Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, Environmental Health and Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine leadership, and others to ensure the highest quality of care and compliance.
• Report to the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation.
• Have strong support from university leadership and new resources to grow the animal resources program.

Position will be located in Blacksburg, VA with travel to other university animal facilities within the state, as needed. While visiting facilities, position will require substantial walking and standing, and traversing over uneven terrain. Position requires moderate to heavy lifting, moving, pushing of over 25 pounds. Position is responsible for responding during off-schedule hours for emergency purposes.

Required Qualifications

- Veterinary medical degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary college or ECFVG certification
- Veterinary licensure in at least one of the United States
- Experience with the supervision, development, and performance management of veterinary and other professional staff
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
- Licensure in Virginia is expected within 12 months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

- Significant relevant experience in managing a laboratory animal resources program
- Prior experience working as a veterinarian in a university environment
- ACLAM diplomate status
- Significant knowledge of the regulatory and compliance environment
- Previous IACUC experience
- Familiarity with the AAALAC accreditation process
- Familiarity with a wide-range of large and small animal species
- Familiarity with managing operations in an ABSL3 facility
- Demonstrated success in working as part of a team and with diverse populations


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Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

Position is located in Blacksburg, VA. Interested persons should submit a letter of interest to include a statement of career objectives, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of five references.

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 military 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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