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Executive Director and Attending Veterinarian - Comparative Medicine

Los Angeles, California


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Requisition # HRC0765103

The Executive Director and Attending Veterinarian is responsible for, oversees, and/or assists in all facets of the laboratory animal care and use programs at CSMC and the Research Institute. Such facets include daily clinical care of animals, facility management, monitoring regulatory compliance, ensuring training of laboratory staff and Comparative Medicine employees, and consulting and interfacing with researchers. The Executive Director is expected to facilitate teamwork amongst all components of Comparative Medicine as well as the Animal Care and Use Program to include the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Office of Research & Quality Improvement, Institutional Official, Research Cores, Faculty Oversight Committee, Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities and Employee Health Services.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of animal procurement and clinical management to include programmatic review & development.
  • Observes animals and inspects facilities regularly to ensure health and welfare of all species.
  • Provides on-call duties and responds to emergencies.
  • Oversees management of diagnosis, treatment and documentation of health cases.
  • Oversees management of animal biosecurity to include the mouse and rat sentinel programs.
  • Oversees health management of newly acquired animals.
  • Oversees pre-, intra- and post-operative management of all species.•
  •  Collaborates with labs to troubleshoot protocols, improve experimental outcomes, and resolve conflicts related to animal husbandry, use and welfare.
  • Oversees and maintains the CSMC Research Institute DEA Registration(s) for controlled substances obtained for use in animal research.
  • Maintains current veterinary and DEA licensure, USDA Accreditation, and ACLAM Board Certification.
  • Responsible for Comparative Medicine Physical Plant.
  • Oversees all aspects of facility management to include programmatic review & development.
  • Oversees and assists import/export and movement of animals throughout facility.
  • Oversees and is responsible for fiscal management of the department to include per diem and fees analysis, and review operations to minimize cost while maintaining high quality care.
  • Oversees and participates in IACUC, USDA, AAALAC and funding agency inspections.
  • Responsible for management and oversight of departmental safety program & contributions to CSMC safety program.
  • Responsible for development and management of disaster planning and preparedness.
  • Regularly attends industry and job-related presentations and webinars.
  • Maintains current association with professional affiliations such as AALAS, ASLAP, AVMA, CVMA, and ACLAM.
  • Responsible for, oversees, and participates in development and implementation of laboratory staff and CM employee training programs.
  • Responsible for all aspects of regulatory monitoring to include programmatic review & development.
  • Coordinates with IACUC Leadership, ORCQI Leadership, Institutional Official, EH&S, IBC and Academic Affairs Leadership to assure compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and AAALACi accreditation and DEA standards.
  • Oversees and participates in IACUC protocol management of animals to include protocol transfers and quotas.
  • Participates as Attending Veterinarian and voting member in IACUC and IBC activities to include protocol and modification review, programmatic reviews, and facility inspections.
  • Oversees departmental contributions to the IACUC post-approval monitoring program.
  • Participates with IACUC, EH&S and Biological and Chemical Safety Officers in documenting and developing processes to govern the use of hazardous agents in research animals.
  • Oversees all aspects of departmental personnel management.
  • Coordinates with CM Executive Leadership in determining and planning appropriate staffing and skill levels.
  • Oversees scheduling of clinical staff manpower to support research protocols.
  • Oversees and participates in activities (lectures, facility tours, etc.) to educate Medical Center employees and the public regarding the necessity of the responsible use of animals in biomedical research.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Educational: Graduation from accredited veterinary school (DVM or VMD degree) or graduation from foreign veterinary school and passing of equivalency examinations (ECFUG)


License: Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of CA.
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Board Certification or Foreign equivalent


Experience: Minimum of five-year experience in a leadership position at an AAALAC accredited research facility caring for both large animal and rodent species


Physical Demands: Standing, Walking, Sitting

  • Working Title: Executive Director and Attending Veterinarian - Comparative Medicine
  • Department: Comparative Medicine
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Animal Care
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

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