iLocatum

Indianapolis, IN

Associate Director, LAM Clinical Veterinarian,, Academia

Position Summary

Clinical Veterinarian

The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) at our esteemed institution is seeking a dedicated individual with exceptional customer service skills to join our team as a clinical laboratory animal veterinarian and Assistant Director. Our research programs cover a wide range of biomedical research activities and areas of study, focusing on various fields including cardiovascular disease, alcoholism, hematopoietic cancer, behavioral research, aging, and gene therapy. At LARC, we provide comprehensive care and housing for multiple species of laboratory animals, with a primary emphasis on swine, dogs, rabbits, frogs, and rodents. Our program is accredited by AAALAC International and consists of a highly committed team of around 90 animal program staff, including seven veterinarians.

This is a non-tenure research track faculty position. Entry-level faculty rank classification begins as an assistant scientist. However, eligible individuals with a documented record of previous academic rank advancement may qualify for the associate scientist faculty rank.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for working with animals in biomedical research, which includes the Animal Welfare Act & Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, local policies, and other relevant regulations.
  • Offer veterinary preventive, clinical, diagnostic, technical, and surgical services, with a particular focus on USDA-regulated species, frogs, laboratory mice, and rats. Conduct regular rounds and check-ins.
  • Perform routine surgeries such as spay/neuter, jugular/carotid catheter implantation, and other surgeries essential for experimental model development.
  • Advise researchers on grant budget construction for technical and surgical services. Organize pre-initiation preparatory planning meetings with researchers. Order and maintain supplies for studies, ensuring excellent oversight and communication. Keep track of supplies and labor for accurate billing.
  • Communicate with internal and external customers regarding significant changes in animal health, husbandry/environment, and study conduct.
  • Review vendor health records and animal orders. Assist with imports/exports.
  • Provide consultation to investigators on anesthesia, analgesia, surgery, breeding, housing/environment, hazards, model selection, protocol writing, and other study-related needs.
  • Participate in training programs for LARC employees, research personnel, veterinary residents, veterinary students, and others. Create and implement training content for classes and instruction.
  • Provide expertise and assistance for specialty areas such as GLP, immune-compromised, gnotobiotic, hazards, or ABSL-2/3 restricted areas as required.
  • Lead operations teams to proactively prevent problems, identify opportunities, and solve complex challenges.
  • Directly or indirectly supervise and oversee veterinary technical staff, supervisors, and other operational staff. Carry out human resource-related responsibilities, including hiring, mentoring, coaching, and performance management.
  • Assist in writing/updating Standard Operating Procedures and policies.
  • Serve on department, campus, and university committees as assigned (e.g., IACUC, IBC). Review IACUC and IBC protocols and conduct post-approval monitoring.
  • Stay updated on issues in laboratory animal medicine, animal care, and science.
  • Participate in the quality assurance program. Conduct routine facility inspections, perform quality checks, and oversee surgical suite maintenance.
  • Participate in site visits/audits by external oversight organizations such as AAALAC-International, USDA, OLAW, DEA, and State of Indiana Board of Pharmacy.
  • Share after-hours and holiday emergency on-call services with other veterinary staff on a rotating basis.
  • Perform other assigned duties.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to directly handle and be exposed to all common laboratory animal species for an extended period of time.
  • Availability to work full-time and on-site.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) degree from an AVMA-accredited program.
  • Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the United States, with eligibility
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