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University Attending Veterinarian and Director of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 106599
Title: Director
Functional Title: University Attending Veterinarian and Director of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPR-Central Animal Research
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University Attending Veterinarian (UAV) and Director of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) oversees the on and off campus care and use of animals in research, teaching and service programs at the University of Maryland. This includes a wide variety of vertebrate species used in biomedical and agricultural research and teaching.

The UAV ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and policies, as well as adherence to AAALAC standards; oversees several aspects of veterinary care such as husbandry, facilities, housing, preventative medicine and health surveillance, medical treatment, establishment of sedation, anesthetic and analgesic guidelines, handling and immobilization; ensures the legal purchase and transportation of animals within and between institutions and across states and country lines; and, develops, oversees and participates in PI/animal user training and outreach programs.

S/he participates in site visits and consultations by external oversight organizations (AAALAC International, USDA, industry partners, etc.) as necessary. The UAV serves as a member of the campus Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee and other relevant committees such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee, evaluating animal use protocols and amendments, providing guidance and support to committees, principal investigators and biosafety personnel, and, advises University leadership about issues and policies pertaining to animal care and use.

As the DLAR Director, oversees the operations of the unit, ensuring that appropriate clinical care, facilities, housing, personnel and equipment are provided to meet the needs of University clients in accordance with regulatory and compliance standards. S/he serves as the facility veterinarian for the CARF, Vivarium, Biochemistry, Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology and IBBR facilities.

This is a designated essential position supporting the animal care program requiring attendance on weekends, holidays and during emergency conditions, such as inclement weather and power failure.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completion of an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) program. If degree not attained in the U.S., a certificate (e.g. Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)) of equivalent training accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is required.

A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in laboratory animal medicine which includes institutional veterinary research (academic, industrial or government). Completion of a training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine with eligibility for certification in the field may be substituted for the three-year experience requirement. A minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.

Experience overseeing a training curricula with the ability to prepare and present materials at training sessions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrates a commitment to communication, customer service, organization and ongoing improvement of University Animal Care and Use programs.
• Direct knowledge of AAALAC accreditation process.
• Must have intimate knowledge and familiarity with regulations, standards, and guidelines for care and use of vertebrate animals in teaching, research, and service.
• Demonstrated leadership skills with workforce management and budget oversight.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Strong consultative skills with the confidence and ability to enforce rules and make quick informed decisions.
• Ability to effectively function as part of a team, and in collaboration with diverse audiences.
• Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, tact, and confidentiality.
• Computer literacy with standard word processing, MS Office Suite (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint), email, and Internet applications.


• Licensure in the State of Maryland.
• Practitioner’s DEA license for dispensing of controlled substances, preferably in the State of Maryland.

Additional Certifications:

• Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in a state or territory of United States.
• Must be USDA accredited.
• Practitioner’s DEA license for dispensing of controlled substances.
• Certification or eligibility to sit for the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Boards.

Additional Information:

Candidates must provide a Proof of Degree as a Supplemental Document with their application materials.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Date: 02/02/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/04/2018
Physical Demands

This position requires the individual to wear and work in personal protective equipment. This position requires that the individual is able to lift a minimum of 50lbs. and can maneuver large, cumbersome equipment. This individual may be working with potential biohazards related to animal exposure (airborne allergens, contact reactions) and may be exposed to animal diseases and/or research generated diseased animals. Ability to attend meetings and trainings both on and off campus. Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, reach, lift/move (up to 20 pounds), point, talk, and hear.

This is a designated essential position requiring the ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
  4. Supplemental Document 1
Optional Documents

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