Clinical Veterinarian

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services


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At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.



This position principally involves clinical veterinary care for laboratory rodents, large animals and fish in cancer and related disease research programs. The Clinical Veterinarian will assist the Comparative Medicine (CM) veterinary staff 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 Fred Hutch Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.


Scope of Responsibilities:

This position reports to the CM Sr. 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, AAALAC, IACUC, etc.) is maintained. The CV also oversees staff regarding provision of adequate veterinary care and provides CM staff development opportunities for new skill acquisition. The CV works with the Sr. Director, Clinical Vet, Managers, and Shared Resources Administration to ensure that CM is providing effective and efficient products and services to its users.



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.


Primary job duties:

  • Ensure medical and surgical care is maintained at the highest achievable level for all species
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Participate in oversight of the rodent biosecurity program
  • In conjunction with the Clinical Vet staff, oversee the adoption program including selection of animals, screening of potential adopters, proper documentation, and medical care in accordance with the adoption guidelines
  • Coordinate with veterinary staff to ensure appropriate medical coverage for all laboratory animals at all times including after hours, weekends, vacations, and holidays.
  • Maintain a fair and open dialogue with managers, supervisors, and staff. Provide performance feedback to the Sr. Director regarding performance of managers, supervisors, leads and technicians on a regular basis and not less than annually. Work with Clinical Vet and Technician Manager to provide performance feedback to Technicians on a regular basis and not less than annually.
  • Provide and oversee appropriate continuing education and development for animal technicians as directed by the Sr. Director.  
  • Ensure efficient research throughput by coordinating transfer of animals and other required medical and husbandry components between housing areas to accommodate increased research capacity.
  • Work in conjunction with other CM management personnel to maintain open lines of communication related to resource use, quality and efficiencies.
  • Provide a safe and positive work environment, working with EH&S, Occupational Health, Human Resources, and any other institutional entities as needed.
  • Attend IACUC meetings as requested by the Sr. Director, CM 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep current in the field by maintaining contacts with colleagues, attending relevant conferences and training sessions.
  • Must be available for on-call weekends, holidays, and evenings on a rotating basis with other Comparative Medicine veterinarians.
  • Undertake any other activities performed with the agreement of the Comparative Medicine Unit Sr. Director or named alternate on behalf of the Fred Hutch.


Minimum qualifications:

  • 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
  • Be certified or eligible for certification as a Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Must have demonstrable clinical experience in rodent and canine medicine and surgery
  • Must be academically oriented and able to understand and participate effectively in an active research environment
  • Must be available to work after hours and on weekends
  • Must have some understanding regarding the principles of biosafety, radiation safety, chemical safety, and physical safety as they pertain to animal facility operations
  • Strong organizational skills and written/verbal communication skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to work as a team member in an active and competitive biomedical research environment
  • Must have or obtain within 6 months USDA accreditation Category 1 or 2  

Preferred qualifications:

  • Have an advanced research oriented degree (i.e. M.S. and/or Ph.D) or residency training in a recognized program

A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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