The Petersen-Jones laboratory is seeking a highly motivated veterinarian with a strong interest in ophthalmology to work as a member of a team of veterinarians and scientists developing and testing translational therapies for restoration of vision. The laboratory maintains and utilizes colonies of large animal models for retinal dystrophies including retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis and congenital night blindness. There are ongoing NIH funded studies of gene, drug and cell therapies that show promise in treating retinal dystrophies and for translation to treat human subjects. The laboratory is very well equipped for in vivo retinal imaging (Heidelberg Spectralis with OCT-A capabilities, RetCam Video Fundus cameras and Micron Fundus camera) and visual functional testing (Espion Electrophysiology Unit, Diagnosys and purpose-built vision testing apparatus) as well as standard ophthalmic examination equipment. Additional equipment includes ophthalmic operating microscopes with video attachments and vitrectomy machines as well as full ophthalmic microsurgery packs allowing a range of intraocular interventions such as subretinal injections and subretinal implantation.
The individual will be actively involved in several ongoing studies investigating therapies with dog and cat models. S/he will be actively involved in both phenotyping of the ocular conditions and therapeutic interventions for treatment of retinal dystrophies. S/he may also be asked to assist the campus veterinarians in the general veterinary care of the colony. Analysis and interpretation of the collected data and the writing of reports is required. Some supervision of laboratory students and graduate students may be required and close collegial collaboration with veterinary and laboratory technicians, post-docs and other clinician/scientists is expected.
This is an off dated position funded for 12 months from date of hire, with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.
A veterinary degree. Knowledge and interest of veterinary ophthalmology is required.
Prior experience with the treatment of ophthalmic conditions, intraocular surgery, retinal electrophysiology and advanced retinal imaging would be advantageous. Technical writing skills and a track-record of contributing to scientific publications and preparing reports is desired.
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Summary of Health Risks
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) is committed to educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and bringing our skills and knowledge together to provide the best clinical services available.
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