The Attending Veterinarian/Director of Research Animal Resources provides strategic leadership in the use of animals in research and teaching at the University of Minnesota and is responsible for the well-being and clinical care of animals used in research, testing, teaching, and production. This responsibility extends to monitoring and promoting animal well-being at all times during animal use, and during all phases of the animal's life. The Attending Veterinarian/Director of Research Animal Resources plays a key role in maintaining the University's AAALAC accreditation, USDA registration, and NIH Animal Welfare Assurance.
This is a full time, faculty appointment at a rank commensurate with the experience and academic achievement of the selected candidate for the position. This position reports to and advises the Vice President for Research and serves two critical functions for the University’s Animal Care and Use Program: the University System Attending Veterinarian and the Director of Research Animal Resources (RAR).
Attending Veterinarian (65%)
Maintain responsibility for regulatory oversight, compliance and training for the institution (UMN) as it relates to animals.
Oversees husbandry, housing, preventative medicine and health surveillance, medical treatment, establishment of sedation, anesthetic and analgesic guidelines, handling, and immobilization as pertaining to the UMN’s animal use program
Directs and oversees all emergency animal health matters affecting UMN animals including assurance that veterinary medical care and emergency veterinary care are available after work hours, on weekends, and on holidays
Regularly and clearly communicates the needs of the animal care program to the Institutional O?cial
Oversees all institutional plans involving renovation or construction of facilities in which animals are housed or used, including design and maintenance of animal facilities
Serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and provides expert support and regulatory guidance to the committee.
Provides input for protocol review, development of study removal criteria, and responsible conduct of research activities
May serve on other institutional committees (e.g. Institutional Biosafety Committee, Occupational Health and Safety, Research Compliance Committee, etc.) where appropriate.
Provides guidance and oversight for surgery programs and peri-operative care
The successful applicant may also take part in a focused area of research including maintaining active research funding and/or participating in didactic and seminar teaching and advising the laboratory animal medicine residency program.
Convene researchers to identify and pursue institutional funding opportunities related to advancing research.
Research Animal Resources Director (35%)
Direct and manage the diverse and decentralized animal care facilities and staff of Research Animal Resources: 150 employees including 7 veterinarians, 28 animal facilities, a wide range of species with an average daily rodent cage census of 25,000, and approximately 18 million dollar annual operating budget.
Has authority and accountability over the RAR budget, personnel management, facilities, and customer service leadership.
Serves as primary consultant and lead resource to investigators on all animal care and use related matters.
Leads and facilitates the provision of appropriate training programs for personnel involved in animal handling, care and basic experimental procedures for the diverse animal population overseen.
Other duties as assigned by Vice President for Research
Minimum Qualifications: DVM or equivalent from an AVMA accredited institution or board certification from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) or another relevant veterinary specialty board, and licensure to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state. The attending veterinarian must be qualified by virtue of substantive experience in laboratory animal science and medicine, preferably in an academic setting, and have experience directing, or playing a key leadership role in managing, a research animal care and use program. The successful applicant must have experience with managing AAALAC accreditation.
Preferred Qualifications: Research training and experience as evidenced by research publications, having been a principal or co-principal investigator on grants, demonstrated successful mentorship of students, post-doc, residents and faculty, and/or possess postgraduate MS, MPH and/or PhD degrees.
Internal Number: 328891
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