HJF is seeking a GLP Clinical Veterinarian to support the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI). This position is located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) and Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to AFRRI.
The GLP clinical veterinarian serves as a member of the USUHS Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) veterinary team with an emphasis on supporting the AFRRI Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Program. Duties cover a wide spectrum to include animal care, collaboration with researchers in developing procedures and protocols, participation in programs regulating DoD animal research, and developing/maintaining the DLAR GLP compliant vivarium.
Serves as the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) veterinarian. Oversees animal work related to GLP/GLP-like studies, develops and maintains GLP compliant vivarium and animal care procedures, develops and maintains quality control systems, ensures the vivarium GLP program is GLP study and audit ready, and provides guidance and training to researchers and vivarium staff to ensure precise procedure/study conduct. (30%)
Participates in routine animal care and other veterinary medicine related operations in order to maintain the animal colony in a healthy condition. Participates in colony management decisions. Diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries, maintains animal health records, and performs surgery and necropsies as per department guidelines. Coordinates with outside agencies conducting animal related research within the vivarium to ensure adequate veterinary care and proper use of animals. (30%)
Serves as a member of the GLP team and as a liaison between GLP and DLAR. Works with DLAR and GLP management to meet GLP and DLAR requirements, participates in the GLP administrative program to include participating in program planning, assisting with SOP administration, and tracking and ensuring GLP training. (10%)
Serves as a veterinary advisor to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) including reviews of protocols, participation in semi-annual inspections, participation in monthly IACUC meetings, participation in policy discussions, and all other matters pertinent to the proper utilization of animals in government research. (10%)
Advises research investigators as to experimental design and procedure techniques and assists the DLAR Director, Attending Veterinarian, or their representatives in establishing and meeting agreed upon research milestones. Actively participates in training vivarium and research staff in topics related to laboratory animal medicine. (10%)
Participates in the oversight, including coordination of, preparation for, and successful maintenance, of the DoD mandated Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, international (AAALACi) program, enforces adherence to the GLP program, bio-safety program, occupational health and safety program, and institutional accreditation standards. (10%)
May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Formal laboratory animal medicine training or at least 2 years’ experience working with rodents, nonhuman primates, swine and other laboratory animals and ability to provide the full range of medical and surgical care for all species housed within the DLAR vivariums. Experience in GLP and knowledge of GLP regulations as they apply to vivarium and veterinary operations preferred. Knowledge of laboratory animal husbandry practices, occupational health/safety and biohazard procedures, AAALACi, and a thorough understanding of relevant laws, regulations and guidelines that govern animal research. Demonstrated management skills. Ability to communicate with all levels of staff and management.
Minimum Education: Doctoral degree is required.
Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 3-5 years of relevant work experience required.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Maryland State Veterinary License, in good stand; eligible or boarded in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine desirable.
Work Environment: Set in a laboratory work environment. Required to be part of on-call schedule approximately one week every 8-12 weeks. This requires weekends, holidays, and afterhours, and possibly during severely inclement weather.
Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).
Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Internal Number: GLPCL02192
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