Veterinary Research Associate

Bethesda, MD, US
Feb 11, 2021
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

We are currently searching for a Veterinary Research Associate to provide support to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time, position with MSC and it is on-site in Bethesda, MD. #LI-AA1

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitor and recover anesthetized NHPs and rabbits for procedures, including PET/CT scans
  • Provide critical care and intervention of an anesthetized patient, knowing when there is an issue and how to correct it.
  • Perform blood draws, catheter placement, intubation, injections, BALs, necropsies and other technical needs in NHPs and rabbits
  • Process bloods and tissues according to specific needs of multiple experiments
  • Maintain accurate animal records and documentations associated with technical procedures of the animals
  • Manipulate infectious and radioactive NHPs and rabbits in a safe and proficient manner
  • Clearly communicate any changes in animals' health status to facility veterinarian and appropriate team members
  • Run/Use centrifuge, CBC machine, Chemistry machine, i-STAT, glucometer and other equipment and provide results to appropriate personnel
  • Provide feedback on methods and technical procedures to improve upon, where applicable.


  • Experience doing technical manipulations such as placing IV catheters, endotracheal intubation, femoral bleeds, handling and restraint, BAL's, anesthesia induction, maintenance and recovery required.
  • Prior NHP handling experience required.
  • General knowledge of medications used in veterinary medicine, acceptable routes of administration and drug calculations.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a high stress environment.
  • Ability to work on a team following SOPs and protocol requirements.
  • Willingness to work in an area where radioactivity and x-rays will be present.
  • Must be able to use computers to maintain excellent records in excel and other general programs.
  • Willing to work flexible hours and occasional weekends.
  • Must be able to pass extensive background check and Public Trust 5 clearance.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree preferred; Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and prior experience with non-human primates (NHP) in ABSL-3 setting preferred

Company Description

We are a trusted government partner that blends deep domain expertise with advanced technologies to help our customers solve complex problems that improve, protect, and save lives. As a rapidly growing company, we combine entrepreneurial spirit, customer focus, and an outcomes-based approach to support agency missions in health IT, life sciences, public safety, and grants management.

The Dovel Family of Companies offers employees an opportunity to advance beyond a specific role or contract, we offer a path to develop an enriching career. We believe in empowering a culture of innovation, customer success, and employee growth.

What you'll get...
  • Time Off! Flexible schedules and company paid holidays allow you to take the time you need.
  • Investment in YOU! 401(K) company contributions are yours to keep with no waiting period.
  • Choices! Unique healthcare plans to choose from with options like fertility and orthodontia benefits.
  • Discovery! With our tuition assistance and training programs, we support your career advancement.
  • Tax Savings! Enroll in pre-tax Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending, HSA with company contributions, parking, and/or transit commuter benefits.
  • Support! Working parents and busy professionals - we've got you covered with a supportive culture, confidential Employee Assistance Program and a membership to
  • Perks! Employee discounts, peer recognition programs, company-wide wellness challenges, and fun community events.
  • A Voice! A unique culture where you can influence decisions and have your voice heard.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.