Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Program of Veterinary Care Lead

Princeton, NJ
May 23, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Veterinary Sciences (VS) department at BMS in Lawrenceville, NJ, a USDA and AAALAC accredited research facility, is seeking an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Boarded Laboratory Animal Veterinarian with a clinical focus to join a dynamic, fast-paced team involved in all aspects of the veterinary care program for multiple animal species, while providing technical and scientific support for multiple therapeutic areas. This position is also responsible for the planning, implementation and management of the Program of Veterinary Care as Attending Veterinarian to the New Jersey Discovery Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) within BMS overseeing 2 vivarium in Central New Jersey. The incumbent veterinarian is responsible for providing day-to-day oversight and administration of veterinary care to BMS-owned animals. Responsibilities include regularly exercising independent judgment and discretion for adequate veterinary care, animal husbandry and oversight to animals used in research, teaching and testing at BMS as mandated by federal law, regulations, accreditation standards and policies as set by the IACUC.

The candidate will have the opportunity to actively create the Program of Veterinary Care and implement the 5 year strategy for the program. The candidate will be expected to increase the Veterinary Sciences internal and external scientific eminence, reputation and scientific contribution to BMS and the laboratory animal medicine community. The ideal candidate will have experience as an Attending Veterinarian in a USDA and AAALAC accredited facility, a strong commitment to animal welfare, promotion and transparency of biomedical research, staff development, the 3R's and the BMS Culture of Care. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with the Translational Animal Pharmacology and Science Lead to ensure support of Central New Jersey and Redwood City Discovery research teams, the New Brunswick Drug Safety Evaluation (Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)) site, as well as a diverse veterinarian group across all BMS sites.

Position Responsibilities

Serves as the Attending Veterinarian for the New Jersey Discovery IACUC encompassing 2 vivarium: Hopewell and Lawrenceville, NJ

Establish Program of Veterinary Care guidelines and administer procedures to ensure full compliance with all applicable regulations and standards to maintain USDA standing and AAALAC accreditation of the animal care programs and facilities

Work closely and interact with the IACUC Chair, Animal Care Manager, and Institutional Official to ensure efficient operation of the Hopewell and Lawrenceville Sites' Animal Care and Use Program in accordance with applicable regulations and standards.

Directs or administers veterinary medical, diagnostic, surgical and clinical treatment procedures to various species across all BMS sites, including, but not limited to, rodents, non-human primates, dogs, rabbits and zebrafish

Participates on the Animal Welfare Assurance team assessing contract organizations on animal welfare in how it relates to BMS work within the facility. This may involve protocol review, virtual and in person site visits, and best practice and findings reports.

Provides consultative services to scientific and technical personnel for the selection and use of research animals, the development of animal research protocols, and the relationship between animal health and research outcomes

Manage and supervise staff that perform clinical veterinary program duties; coach and mentor junior staff in same functional group and across functional groups.

Shares emergency on-call duties with other veterinarians for all BMS sites

Assesses the need for capital equipment/improvements, supplies and services; takes appropriate action within budgetary parameters.

Represents the organization on various BMS animal care-related committees.

Some travel between sites on a daily basis may be necessary.

Travel for site visits, continuing education, and program management is required.

Collaborate and partner with the Translational Animal Pharmacology and Sciences Lead to ensure support of Central New Jersey and Redwood City Discovery research teams. Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used.


DVM, VMD or equivalent plus a current license to practice veterinary medicine in the US

Board Certification from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)

Applicable clinical experience with a wide range of species

Demonstrated proficiency in managing people, projects, matrix relationships, and highly performing teams

Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to successfully partner, collaborate and navigate complex relationships with research and VS staff from diverse educational and technical background