Director of Comparative Medicine

Location: Naples, FL

Director of Comparative Medicine - NHP

We are a leading organization in the drug development sector dedicated to pioneering solutions for infectious diseases and gene therapies. Our state-of-the-art bio-secure facility supports a wide range of preclinical programs, driven by our commitment to scientific excellence and innovation.

Position Overview:

As the Animal Research Director, you will play a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction and operational management of our comparative medicine department. This pivotal position requires a combination of scientific expertise and leadership finesse, ensuring that our research protocols accurately reflect the complexities of human disease and treatment approaches.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership:
  • Develop and implement long-term strategies for the comparative medicine department to support the organization's research and development objectives.
  • Lead the planning and implementation of operational activities, ensuring efficient and effective achievement of departmental goals.
  • Regulatory Compliance:
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory and ethical standards, maintaining essential accreditations and meeting the requirements of AAALAC, USDA, FDA, and other relevant governing bodies.
  • Prepare for and oversee compliance audits and reports, ensuring the highest standards of research quality and animal welfare are upheld.
  • Research Management:
  • Oversee the design and execution of preclinical studies, ensuring their alignment with scientific, regulatory, and ethical standards.
  • Provide expert input into the development of animal models for preclinical research, ensuring they are tailored to specific therapeutic targets.
  • Operational Excellence:
  • Manage day-to-day operations, including budgeting, staffing, and resource allocation, to optimize the performance of the department.
  • Integrate new technologies and methodologies to improve research outcomes and operational workflows.
  • Team Leadership:
  • Lead the recruitment, training, and mentorship of a diverse, multidisciplinary team, fostering a culture of excellence and ethical research practices.
  • Design and implement professional development programs to nurture talent within the department.
  • Collaboration:
  • Engage with cross-functional teams to ensure strong support for the comparative medicine strategy throughout the organization.
  • Maintain open communication channels with internal and external stakeholders, providing regular reports on departmental progress and strategic outcomes.
  • Quality Assurance:
  • Maintain the highest quality standards in all research activities, continuously auditing and improving processes.
  • Make the health and welfare of animals a top priority in all research endeavors.
  • Institutional Engagement:
  • Actively participate in institutional committees, such as the IACUC, offering expertise on animal welfare and research integrity.


  • Hold a DVM degree from an AVMA-accredited program and possess ACLAM certification.
  • Have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in a research or laboratory animal facility, including at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Demonstrate a track record of success in strategic planning and operational management within a comparative medicine or related research environment.
  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of regulatory compliance standards in a research setting.
  • Show proven leadership qualities with the ability to manage and develop a diverse team.
  • Display excellent communication skills, with the capability to engage stakeholders effectively.
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