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This position will play a lead role in: 1) Assuring proper veterinary care for research animals consistent with guidelines established by the FDA, AAALAC, USDA and regulatory agencies, 2) providing veterinary support in the lab animal breeding program, especially production breeding of several rodent strains, 3) facilitating rodent disease diagnostics for a cross-site program, 4) IACUC coordination in Redwood City (RWC), 5) providing veterinary support for mice, rat, rabbit and hamster care, and; 6) enabling technical training for the scientists and veterinary care personnel.
Specific responsibilities of this position:
Provides clinical care to all laboratory animals as a shared responsibility with the Group Director of the program. Will be required to share on call veterinary responsibilities with the Group Director on call on weekends and holidays
Assists the scientific staff with experimental protocol design and animal model development. Provides clinical support, such as diagnostic necropsies, radiological and technical support, to the research groups.
Oversees a rodent production breeding program for supporting the research programs at RWC. This includes understanding of some complex mating schemes, population genetics and production strategies in expanding a specific rodent strain.
Supports a cross-site rodent diagnostics initiative and supports the Group Director in establishing and running this program from India and / or an external vendor, defining the specific criteria for vendor area selection and monitoring, supporting the internal sentinel programs, training staff, creating reports, selecting and monitoring vendors, and serving as a subject matter expert.
Coordinates the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) functions in Redwood City BMS laboratory animal program and collaborates across multiple sites on ACUC functions. This includes organizing ACUC meetings and semi-annual inspections, coordinating Animal Test Method reviews, scheduling Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) events, and assuring that all aspects of the IACUC are in compliance with USDA and AAALAC standards, as well as BMS policies and procedures on Animal Care and Use. Oversees the coordination and completion of site based reports such as USDA Annual Reports, Corporate Animal reports. Works with the Group Director on creating census summaries, PAMs, IACUC minutes, and conducting IACUC semi-annual inspections.
Oversees site training programs related to animal care and use and participates / leads cross site discussions on training standards (established by the Animal Welfare Assurance section) that meet the USDA and AAALAC standards.
Participates on the cross-site Animal Welfare Risk Assessment team, assuring that BMS standards are applied to our external alliance partners.
Assists the VS site director with planning for capital expenditures, budgeting, and long term, strategic planning. Supports other activities such as animal and supply ordering for RWC. Manage (directly or through a matrix) and develop assigned staff consistent with Company Strategy and to achieve departmental objectives.
• DVM or VMD or equivalent plus a current license to practice veterinary medicine in the US.
• Diplomate status in ACLAM or other veterinary specialty and/or Ph.D. in related research area
• Knowledge and experience normally attained by working as a licensed veterinarian with laboratory animals for 2 or more years of post-residency training
• Demonstrated scientific and veterinary medical accomplishments
• Excellent computer knowledge, demonstrated knowledge of written and verbal communication skills, and good grasp and understanding of database management of rodent colonies.
• This position requires physical stamina and dexterity needed to safely handle laboratory animals, and staff are required to wear personal protective equipment.
• Work on weekends and holidays is required when scheduled.
• Relevant Experience Preferred: Experience in Lab animal program that includes rats, mice rabbits and hamsters, rodent diagnostics, rodent breeding and understanding of genetically modified special strains for research, and a role on IACUC.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is an equal opportunity employer - Vet/Disability