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Clinical Veterinarian

Clinical Veterinarian

Job ID 
10818
Type 
Regular Full-Time
Company 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Location 
US-WA-Seattle
Category 
Laboratory Research Sciences

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Overview

Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

 

JOB SUMMARY

This position principally involves clinical veterinary care for laboratory rodents, large animals and fish in basic and translational biology research programs. The Clinical Veterinarian will also assist the Comparative Medicine (CM) Associate Director in providing oversight of animal welfare compliance in accordance with applicable federal, state, local and institutional laws, policies, guidelines, and procedures (USDA, PHS, AAALAC, etc.) and may serve as member or as an alternate member of the FHCRC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

 

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES

This position reports to the CM Associate Director and works independently in providing clinical veterinary care to the Center’s research animals. The Clinical Veterinarian (CV) will support training of Comparative Medicine staff regarding veterinary procedures on laboratory animals. The CV provides veterinary medical and surgical care, including emergency services, as needed for all laboratory animals housed at the center. The CV interfaces with investigators regarding animal health, experimental design and IACUC related issues and ensures that compliance oversight (USDA, PHS, AALAC, IACUC, etc.) is maintained. The CV also oversees staff regarding provision of adequate veterinary care as well as provides CM staff development opportunities for new skill acquisition. The CV works with the Associate Director, Supervisors, and Shared Resources Administration to ensure that CM is providing effective and efficient products and services to its users. 

 

CLASSIFICATION

The Clinical Veterinarian is classified as essential personnel and, as such, is required to work with minimal amount of absences and during all Center closures except in the event of a major disaster when access to animal housing and use facilities is prohibited by governmental emergency personnel.

Responsibilities

 PRIMARY JOB DUTIES

  1. Ensure medical and surgical care is maintained at the highest achievable level for all species.   
  2. Perform or oversee experimental procedures. Work with investigators to identify and/or refine procedures during experimental and/or IACUC protocol development to ensure minimal stress, discomfort and invasiveness while achieving experimental goals. Work with investigators to define appropriate and clear humane end points. Provide training and resources to investigators as required/ requested to ensure appropriate animal use and handling.  Train investigative staff in novel veterinary procedures as needed. 
  3. Facilitate the implementation of IACUC approved protocols into working documents (experiments), consistent with the intent and content of those protocols. Work with investigators to develop appropriate long term experimental follow-up plans.
  4. Oversee the selection, transport and acclimation of experimentally appropriate research animals to minimize experimental confounds and stressors. Provide appropriate environmental enrichment with the goal of improving the overall quality of the research.
  5. Oversee the program to ensure a continuous supply of healthy, genetically defined animals needed for research.
  6. Oversee the adoption program including selection of animals, screening of potential adopters, proper documentation, and medical care in accordance with the adoption guidelines.
  7. Coordinate with veterinary staff to ensure appropriate medical coverage for all laboratory animals at all times including after hours, weekends, vacations, and holidays.
  8. Maintain a fair and open dialogue with supervisors and staff. Provide performance feedback to the Associate Director regarding performance of Supervisors, Leads and Technicians on a regular basis and not less than annually. Work with Supervisor to provide performance feedback to Technicians on a regular basis and not less than annually.
  9. Provide and oversee appropriate continuing education and development for animal technicians as directed by the Associate Director.
  10. Ensure efficient research throughput by coordinating transfer of animals and other required medical and husbandry components between housing areas to accommodate increased research capacity.
  11. Work in conjunction with other CM leaders to maintain open lines of communication related to resource use, quality and efficiencies.
  12. Help implement cost controls by working in conjunction with site supervisors and purchasing department to ensure cost effectiveness. Work with the Associate Director and others to facilitate on-going maintenance and capital project work.
  13. Provide oversight for the operations of the animal care facility including appropriate staff hiring, and support and guidance for supervisors and leads. Work with Supervisors to deploy resources as necessary throughout the day to ensure effective and safe operations at the facilities.
  14. Provide a safe and positive work environment, working with EH&S, Occupational Health, Ergonomics, Human Resources, and any other institutional entities as needed. Ensure that supervisors, leads and staff follow up on safety audits from EH&S.
  15. Attend IACUC meetings as requested by the Associate Director and provide input regarding protocol development and review and other programmatic issues. Assist with animal facility inspections and follow up as needed or requested by the committee.
  16. Provide post-approval protocol monitoring, address potential noncompliance issues preemptively and work with the Principal Investigator, laboratory staff and IACUC office should issues of protocol violation occur.
  17. Maintain familiarity with existing federal regulations (AWA and PHS) and governing guidelines for accreditation, including “The Guide”, AVMA where applicable, ARENA, DEA, OSHA, etc... Understand the dynamic nature of the field and stay current with any changes to the regulations.
  18. In conjunction with support staff, provide assurance that electronic medical record training is provided for all appropriate technicians to maintain veterinary medical records in compliance with federal regulations and institutional standards.
  19. Keep current in the field by maintaining contacts with colleagues, attending relevant conferences and training sessions.
  20. Must be available for on-call weekends, holidays, and evenings on a rotating basis with other Comparative Medicine veterinarians.
  21. Undertake any other activities performed with the agreement of the Comparative Medicine Unit Associate Director or named alternate on behalf of the FHCRC.

Qualifications

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Must have a DVM or VMD degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary school and be licensed or eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Washington State.
  2. Must have demonstrable clinical experience in rodent and canine medicine and surgery.
  3. Must be academically oriented and able to understand and participate effectively in an active research environment.
  4. Must be available to work after hours and on weekends.
  5. Must have some understanding regarding the principles of biosafety, radiation safety, chemical safety, and physical safety as they pertain to animal facility operations.
  6. Strong organizational skills and written/verbal communication skills in English, attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to work as a team member in an active and competitive biomedical research environment.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Be certified or eligible for certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, or the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine & feline practice).
  2. Have an advanced research oriented degree (i.e. M.S. and/or Ph.D) or residency training in a recognized program.