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BASIC FUNCTION:

Maintain overall responsibility for the veterinary care and animal husbandry program of vertebrate animals at the University of Rhode Island and ancillary facilities. Provide direct and indirect consultation and support regarding the health and welfare of animals under the responsibility of the University in compliance with applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), The Animal Welfare Act, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), The 8th Edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, AAALAC and other state and federal regulations as applicable.

Ensure compliance with USDA standards and the Animal Welfare Act, The Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals, NIH Public Health Service Policy (OLAW), FDA regulations, DEA Regulations, AAALAC guidelines, and state, county rules and regulations. Utilize demonstrated experience in animal research and display an understanding of research methodology, principles, and procedures.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for ensuring that proper veterinary care and husbandry is provided for all vertebrate animals within the University’s central and satellite facilities with an emphasis on laboratory mice and rats, hamsters, rabbits, and domestic farm animals (bovine, ovine, porcine, poultry, etc.) used in research and teaching. Oversee and assist with wild mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish in field studies and captive settings.

Help to ensure The University of Rhode Island’s program of veterinary care remains in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations, and meets AAALAC accreditation standards. Utilize experience with laboratory animal programs and management of such.

Conduct clinical rounds on a routine basis to monitor animal health and status. Provide clinical veterinary care. Perform clinical and surgical procedures and necropsies. Supervise, monitor, and/or perform surgery, administer anesthesia and pre- and post-operative care.

Review vendor health records, animal orders, assist with imports/exports of lab animals. Participate in Semi-Annual inspections and USDA inspections. Perform Post Approval Monitoring (PAM)of animal research protocols. Maintain appropriate clinical records of specific procedures and animal health (USDA and Non-USDA).

Develop and monitor animal-related research activities and animal health surveillance programs. Maintain familiarity with trends, issues, and advances in strategic and program planning through periodic review of relevant journals or other literature. Identify and actively pursue a planned program of professional growth through continuing education, etc.

Assist and advise researchers in humane and proper experimental design and conduct as it relates to animal welfare and veterinary issues. Assist researchers with protocol development and execution. Conduct protocol pre-reviews for IACUC and germane IBC protocols.

Provide formal and informal training and consultation for faculty, staff, and students on methods of laboratory animal surgery, aseptic technique, pre- and post-op care, pain management, and euthanasia. Assist with additional training and techniques as needed to meet the needs of AAALAC regulations and University policies.

Serve as a voting member of the URI Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) evaluating animal use protocols and amendments, providing guidance and support to committees, principal investigators, and biosafety personnel, and advising University leadership about issues and policies pertaining to animal care and use. Contribute to SOP development and implementation.

Assist faculty and staff in resolving problems and achieving compliance with research activities. Perform initial pre-review of protocols for IACUC and IBC.

Attend relevant/selected national or regional meeting(s) for continuing education/training and meeting with colleagues.

Maintain knowledge of federal and state laws. Maintain current knowledge of issues in laboratory animal medicine, animal care, and science. Participate in site visits/audits by external oversight organizations (AAALAC-International, USDA, OLAW, and DEA).

Correspond as necessary with federal and state officials and consult IACUC concerning University policies and procedures. Be available for federally required internal inspections (e.g., IACUC semi-annual inspections) and external inspections (e.g., USDA inspections) of animal facilities and program reviews.

Work with the University’s IO, ORI Director, IACUC and IBC to communicate with the community about biomedical research at the University.

Participate in the crisis management team and disaster planning meetings (URI Environmental health and safety group.

Be available for on-call (off-hours, nights, weekends, and holidays.)

Maintain a customer service orientation, be attentive to others, respond appropriately, answer questions, and/or provide needed information within reasonable time frames. Make sound judgments, based on gathering and analyzing factual and objective data. Interpret policies and procedures in order to make sound independent decisions. Demonstrate alertness and adaptability to dynamic working conditions.

Make decisions in a timely manner. Offer suggestions for positive changes. Readily accept new responsibilities and assignments. Recognize when help might be needed by others, proactively offer guidance and assistance. Listen to researchers and provide constructive advice. Willingness to work collegially with other Veterinarians and technical staff involved in the animal program.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Perform other related duties as assigned or requested within the scope of knowledge and abilities.

LICENSES, TOOLS, AND EQUIPMENT:

Ability to obtain federal and state DEA practitioner license; Ability to obtain state veterinary licensure; ACLAM board certification or residency training in laboratory animal medicine with eligibility to take ACLAM board exam; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree; licensed to practice in a minimum of one state. State License in Veterinary Medicine or a willingness to obtain licensure in Rhode Island within a year of appointment. Standard equipment.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) from an AVMA-accredited college.

2. Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).

3. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to a growing bio-medical research program.

4. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

5. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

6. Demonstrated experience working as a veterinarian in an institutional/academic/industry setting in laboratory animal medicine.

7. Demonstrated knowledge of the regulatory and compliance environment (including demonstrated knowledge of and experience with PHS Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals).

8. Demonstrated experience interacting with an IACUC and IBC committee.

9. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.

10. Demonstrated supervisory experience.

11. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

12. State License in Veterinary Medicine or a willingness to obtain licensure in Rhode Island within a year of appointment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Specialty Board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with AAALAC standards.

3. Demonstrated experience with farm animals and aquatic species care and environments.

4. Demonstrated experience at an university accredited by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

The potential exists where there is exposure to unpleasant odors, chemicals, drugs, radioactive isotopes, animal waste and the possibility of animal bites. This position is subject to both inside, and outside work and extreme cold and hot temperatures can be encountered.

EXTENSION CONTINGENCY NOTES:

Position is full-time calendar year, limited to 06/28/2025 with anticipated renewal.

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by July 7, 2024. Applications received after July 7, 2024 may be reviewed depending on search progress and needs but are not guaranteed full consideration.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.uri.edu.