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UNIV - Chair, Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM)/Attending Veterinarian/Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)

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Entity: MUSC University
Department: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS - Research Center
Sub Department: UNIV-2940000-Laboratory Animal Resources
Work type: Full-Time
Employee Type: UNIV - Faculty
Location: Charleston, SC-Downtown
Categories: Administrative & Non-Clinical Professionals, Executive Leadership & Administrators, Faculty & Physicians, Support Services & Operations
Pay scale: UNIV-Band 0: Commensurate with experience.

FLSA: Salaried

Job Summary: 

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is currently accepting applications for Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM), Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR), and Attending Veterinarian.  Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the Director is responsible for directing the strategic and daily operations of the Animal Care Program and ensuring compliance with all current federal, state, and university animal welfare regulations and guidelines.  The Director also serves as the Attending Veterinarian for MUSC.  The Chair of DCM guides the academic and research missions of the Department and reports to the Dean of the College of Medicine. 

DLAR centrally manages all vertebrate research conducted in 6 on-site animal facilities totaling approximately 90,000 gross square feet.  Three full-time faculty veterinarians and 45 staff members administer the institution’s animal care program, which has been continuously accredited by AAALAC since 1987.  Cooperative and collaborative interaction with the Ralph H. Johnson VA’s animal care program is required due to the exceptionally close integration of both programs.

The Director is expected to support the tripartite mission of DCM/DLAR, which is to provide excellent animal care and research support for MUSC’s research mission, train DLAR and research personnel in contemporary practices and regulations regarding the use of animals in research, and to conduct independent or collaborative research.  The Director is expected to mentor and support the academic development of departmental faculty and provide professional development for animal care staff.   Nurturing the service and academic missions of the department will require a leader who is capable of building relationships with other departments on campus and promoting the reputation of DLAR/DCM regionally and nationally.  

 

Job Duties: 

  • Responsible for establishing and monitoring all animal care and use standards, providing oversight of the program to assure medical care of all animals including diagnosis and treatment of disease, preventative medicine, health monitoring, and quarantine.
  • Participates in the formulation and implementation of university policies regarding animal care and use. The Director/Attending Veterinarian, working in conjunction with the IACUC and administration, is responsible for maintaining AAALAC International accreditation and assuring compliance with all federal, state, university, and related current animal welfare laws and regulations.
  • Takes the lead in the development of strategic planning for new animal facilities and renovations/improvements of existing animal facilities, to include submitting proposals to federal and other entities to gain funding for these purposes.  The Director will work closely with university administration and faculty to plan and prioritize these efforts.
  • Provides fiscal management for the program including preparation of an annual budget submitted to the Vice President for Research, with funding allocated through the Office of the Provost.
  • Attends monthly and ad hoc IACUC meetings and serves as a voting member of the IACUC.
  • Provides veterinary care coverage including participation in the after-hours on-call rotation with the other faculty veterinarians.
  • Provides oversight of administrative and supervisory personnel for husbandry and veterinary services.
  • Performs collaborative and/or independent research.
  • Teaches in the College of Graduate Studies.
  • As Chair, manages the personnel and finances of the DCM, including annual faculty contracts.
  • Oversees the development, clinical work, and academic contributions of 3 full-time faculty veterinarians.
  • Participates in College of Medicine affairs and university-wide committees as a member of the senior leadership team.
  • Represents DCM, College of Medicine, and MUSC at local, national, and international levels.

 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from an AVMA accredited program.
  • Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the U.S with the requirement to become licensed in South Carolina within 12 months after employment.
  • Certified by ACLAM, ACVP, or other relevant board.
  • 5 years of experience in a laboratory animal facility with demonstrated experience in a leadership/managerial role. 
  • 3 years previous IACUC membership or related duties and/or experience.
  • Direct research experience as a principal or collaborative investigator with oversight of research support staff.
  • Eligible for appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the College of Medicine.
  • Eligible to hold DEA registration.

 

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of 10 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine and a demonstrated research and publication background.
  • Knowledge of effective management principles and techniques including those associated with personnel and budgetary practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of regulations and contemporary practices in animal care and use.
  • Knowledge of management principles and practices.
  • Skill in written and verbal communication.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

 

To apply, please attach (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV, (3) statement of career objectives, (4) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion not to exceed 1 page, and (5) names and contact information for three professional references.

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.


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The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.