Sr Research Veterinarian-Department of Veterinary Resources (DVR)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research 

Req ID: 233087

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Department of Veterinary Resources (DVR) team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute supports and consults on all scientific, medical, and compliance issues related to animal-based research. The team's responsibilities include clinical veterinary services, animal husbandry, animal procurement, animal enrichment, investigator support, training, and compliance oversight. The DVR senior director and attending veterinarian implements the program of veterinary care and provides supervision of the DVR staff to identify, treat, and prevent disease introduction and/or transmission in colony research animals. The DVR veterinary team is available for consultation on animal-based research protocols, laboratory animal management, and development of grant applications for research involving animal models. Researchers should contact the DVR regarding all animal-related issues.

This person plays a vital role in the day-to-day clinical operations. 

Working independently, this team member is primarily responsible for research animal clinical care, veterinary procedures, training, stakeholder collaboration, compliance, and supervision.


Preferred Experience:

  • Five (5) years of veterinarian experience in a laboratory animal setting.
  • One (1) year of surgical experience in large animals   
  • One (1) year of supervisory or management experience.


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations:

  • Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM)

Job Responsibilities

1.Clinical Care

  • Expert clinical case management, treatment and knowledge of a variety of laboratory animal species including rabbits, pigs, sheep, NHPs and rodents
  • Provide surgical support including anesthesia monitoring, induction and recovery
  • Perform minor and major surgical procedures as needed or assist
  • Evaluate and examine newly arrived animals


2. Procedures

  • Understands, follows, and carries out all SOPs, quality assurance standards, safety procedures, and documentation requirements for related activities
  • Oversee quarantine including review of health reports from incoming shipments
  • Participate in On-call rotation and provide services after regular business hours, weekends, and holidays

3. Training

  • Develop training programs, manuals, materials, presentations
  • Provide hands on training for the staff and researchers
  • Supervise personnel to ensure work meets expectations


Job Responsibilities

4. Ensure regulatory compliance

  • Review, implement, improve & assist in audits of records, procedures & protocols
  • Develop tools to assist staff and investigators in compliance-related activities
  • Participate in monthly IACUC meetings
  • Consult on protocol development and design
  • Supervise activities and provide recommendations


5.  Supervise supporting staff

  • Ensure staff is performing job duties and have resources needed
  • Provide performance feedback and review
  • Encourage staff development opportunities
  • Participate in new employee recruitment, interviews and hiring decisions; onboard and train new hires
  • Coordinate staff to ensure protocol support can be provided when requested

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Licensed Veterinarian - Pennsylvania State Licensing Board (within 12 months of hire)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine


Required Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of veterinarian experience.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of veterinarian experience in a laboratory animal setting.    
  • At least one (1) year of supervisory or management experience.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism 
  • Ability to convey complex or technical information in an easy to understand manner
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to be on-call to trouble shoot and resolve problems

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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