Assistant Director of Veterinary Clinical Care and Scientist Training

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

COLKET - Colket Translational Research Req ID: 27941

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Veterinary Clinical Care and Scientist Training reports to the Attending Veterinarian/Sr. Director and manages day to day operations of the veterinary care program, the veterinary team and the CHOP DVR Training Program. In addition to supervisory and management responsibilities, the Assistant Director serves as clinical veterinarian for a variety laboratory animals (predominantly rodent) providing veterinary medical, diagnostic, and treatment services and supports the IACUC by performing veterinary review and post approval monitoring (as needed). The Assistant Director is expected to rotate veterinary on-call as scheduled during assigned weekends and holidays to assist with any animal health related needs.

Job Responsibilities

Research Support

  • Develop research services as requested by research faculty.
  • Review and constructively comment on protocol submission content in an effort to align the submission with acceptable species specific veterinary medical care and use standards, institutional guidelines and policies.
  • Ensure proper use of anesthetics, analgesics, tranquilizers, and methods of euthanasia.
  • Directly support animal research studies of significant size, scope, and complexity by conducting pre-study meetings and training veterinary staff as studies require.
  • Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with scientists and other research and support staff


  • Oversee and manage the CHOP DVR Training Program
  • Conduct organized trainings on aspects of aseptic technique, surgery, common laboratory animal procedures, medical record documentation, and animal handling/restraint.
  • Mentor veterinary technicians, husbandry technicians and rotating students in the field of laboratory animal medicine.


Job Responsibilities (Continued)

General Administrative

  • Assist Sr. Director with the maintenance of animal care and research program that serves a large translational hospital base.
  • Directly manage veterinary staff
  • Assist in ensuring facility and researcher compliance with PHS/OLAW guidelines, AAALAC-International accreditation requirements, animal welfare regulations and all other applicable federal, state, local/regional regulations regarding animal care and use. Maintain and provide necessary revision to the AAALAC-International program description.
  • Understand the current institutional SOP’s, guidelines, and policies and assist in the development and review of the documents relative to programmatic operations.
  • Ensure that all animals are used and cared for appropriately according to approved protocols.
  • Oversee the maintenance of animal health records
  • Assure clear and organized records for animal clinical cases are maintained until cases are resolved. 
  • Provide oversight for programs administered by DVR.
  • Provide veterinary medical diagnostic, surgical, and/or treatment services within the animal facilities.
  • Ensure flawless animal care and welfare in conducting research studies through study design and implementation, and championing the "3 Rs" principles.
  • Lead veterinary-related continuous improvement initiatives as determined by departmental strategic planning, by customer feedback or by obvious deficits/needs in the practice of laboratory animal medicine.
  • Serve as an alternate or voting member on the IACUC with authority and responsibility for activities involving animals that include protocol reviews, attending IACUC meetings, facility inspections, program reviews & providing veterinary input. Thoroughly evaluate and review submitted animal use protocols and amendments, providing guidance and support to IACUC, principal investigators, and biosafety personnel. Ensure a close and collaborative working relationship with IACUC.
  • Financial management – assist the director in financial management of the DVR program including budget process, rate setting, cost accounting and other financial resources. 
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
  • Other responsibilities related to management of the DVR program, as needed and as assigned by the Sr. Director.


Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
License to practice veterinary medicine
ACLAM Board Certification
USDA Category 1 or 2 Certification
Required Education and Experience

Required Education

  • VMD/DVM or equivalent degree


Required Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of related experience in research/lab animal environment, including  supervisory experience
Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: Clinical or scientific research experience and publication in relevant scientific journal

Additional Technical Requirements
  • Excellent verbal, written, technical and communication skills
  • Strong customer service skills. Enjoys working with similarly dedicated people in a team within a high-energy, fast-paced and diverse research environment.
  • Must be able to work with common laboratory animals, animal waste products, chemical, radiological, and biological hazards and don appropriate PPE (dust mask, N95/PAPR).
  • Ability to achieve project objectives on multiple, complex projects running simultaneously
  • Strong knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies that govern animal research, and current practice standards in laboratory animal medicine and management.
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory animal health/medicine, diagnostics, pathology, veterinary treatments, surgical procedures and clinical care of a large variety of research animal species.
  • Leadership Qualities & Expectations
  1. Management skills appropriate for managing 2-5 employees
  2. Ability to strategically plan
  3. Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  4. Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  5. Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  6. Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  7. Self-Awareness — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  8. Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  9. Accountability – ownership of one’s actions and behaviors; responsibility to team and self.


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