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Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian

Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian

Job ID 
2018-10807
Campus 
Einstein/Resnick - Bronx
Posting Date 
1/11/2018
Employee Classification 
Faculty
Department 
Animal Institute
Position Type 
Regular Full-Time

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ABOUT US

Founded in 1955, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. A full-time faculty of some 2,000 conducts research, teaches, and delivers health care in every major biomedical specialty. The college has some 730 medical students, 193 Ph.D. students, 106 MD/Ph.D. students and 275 postdoctoral fellows.

 

Einstein’s major strength, in addition to training physicians and scientists, is its science. During fiscal year 2015, the faculty’s consistently high level of scientific achievement resulted in the awarding of more than $150 million in peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

Einstein is part of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System, an integrated academic delivery system comprising seven campuses, including 8 hospitals, a multi-county ambulatory network, a new state-of-the art “hospital without beds”, a skilled nursing facility, school of nursing, home health agency, and the state’s first freestanding emergency department. As the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore is a premier academic health system, employing Einstein’s clinical faculty and training Einstein’s medical students, over 1,300 residents, 420 allied health students, and 1,600 nursing students annually.

 

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Einstein seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.

 

 

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is seeking a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian to participate in implementing this institution’s program for laboratory animal care and use. The Institute for Animal Studies (IAS) provides for the procurement, quarantine, housing and husbandry, health quality assurance, and provision of veterinary care for rodents (mostly mice), rabbits, birds, and non-human primates.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The clinical veterinarian will report to and assist the Director of the Institute for Animal Studies to ensure the health and well-being of research animals. Most of the animal use involves rodents (~18,000 mouse cages and several hundred rats). However, we have a small but growing program in non-human primates, which require the most attention. The clinical veterinarian will provide veterinary care and oversight.

 

The clinical veterinarian will be assisted by and will oversee the veterinary care activities of 4 veterinary technicians.

 

[The veterinary technicians typically handle the day-to-day monitoring, assessment, and treatments of rodent colonies under oversight of the clinical veterinarian].

 

Veterinary care activities include:

  • Responding to sick animal reports submitted by husbandry staff and investigators
  • Evaluating unexpected morbidity and mortality clusters reported by husbandry, veterinary, or investigator staff. Advising researchers when iatrogenic or technical factors are identified.
  • Conducting regular routine health rounds of animal rooms (rodents)
  • Conducting routine periodic (quarterly) health assessments of rodent colonies to monitor specific pathogen-free (SPF) status.
  • Carrying testing and eradication procedures during “breaks” in rodent SPF barrier status
  • Periodic health evaluations of larger species (primates, rabbits, birds)
  • Examination and health evaluation of newly arrived large animal species (primates, rabbits, bird
  • Work closely with primate investigators – consulting on veterinary care, pre- and post-operative care and treatments, management of long-term experimental preparations (e.g. implants).

The clinical veterinarian will supervise the veterinary technicians and manage their work schedules and assignments.

 

The clinical veterinarian will provide consultation to investigators, students, research personnel, and animal caretakers in animal care and handling, procedures, and regulatory compliance.

 

The clinical veterinarian will assist the IACUC and other veterinary staff in providing training to investigators, students, research personnel, and other staff in animal care and handling, basic procedures, and regulatory compliance.

 

The clinical veterinarian will assist the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee in the review of animal use protocols and program evaluation. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must have a DVM/VMD degree, be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States (New York State – desirable). Candidates should be either currently Board Certified in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine or board eligible with intent to become certified.  Preference will be given to candidates with several years experience as clinical laboratory animal veterinarians in an academic health environment.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience and ongoing clinical interest with non-human primates. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, good time management and organizational skills, and have a strong appreciation of the complex issues involved in animal research.