Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian - Project Director

Jefferson County, AR
May 13, 2021
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

The Bionetics Corporation is seeking a Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian - Project Director to lead our team at the FDA/HHS – National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas. Bionetics is a government services contractor specializing in engineering and life sciences with locations nationwide. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401k with Company Matching, Life Insurance, Disability, etc.

Jefferson, Arkansas is located approximately 35 miles south of Little Rock. It offers a low cost of living, a wide variety of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, water sports, etc.  

The Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian - Project Director oversees the daily operation of the contract at NCTR. This position provides veterinary support as needed to NCTR laboratory animal programs consistent with NCTR guidelines, IACUC and EHS programs. Participation in the veterinary medical care program for other animal species may be included as a smaller component of the duties of this position, and will depend on the needs of the Division of Veterinary Services (DVS) and availability after commitments to the NHP colony are met. Responsibilities include oversight of daily operations to include managing a diverse workforce, interacting with government personnel, ensuring treatment of laboratory animals is in accordance with regulations, providing veterinary support when a DVS veterinarian is not available, etc. May be required to participate in emergency call schedule and after-hours veterinary care, ICU night, weekend, and holiday coverage with other DVS veterinarians as required. All services must be provided in accordance with all applicable regulations. This position actively participates in research protocols as a co-investigator or, at a minimum, provides advice, consultation, and technical/medical/surgical services to the NCTR investigators who utilize NHPs in research protocols.  This position may also serve on the IACUC, or may serve as a resource to the IACUC on matters regarding the health and well-being of NHPs and other animal species.


  1. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree or equivalent required. Must possess a degree from a veterinary college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education or possess a certificate of equivalency from ECFVG (AVMA) or PAVE (AAVSB).
  2. Must have a license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one (1) state, Arkansas preferred.
  3. Completion of a residency program in laboratory animal medicine and certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) with a research degree (MS or PhD) is preferred.
  4. Minimum three (3) years experience required in clinical laboratory animal medicine which must include nonhuman primates (NHPs).  
  5. Experience with Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) activities and research protocol review/approval process, and/or consultant service to the IACUC.
  6. Possess experience directing a large and diverse animal care and/or technical procedures and formulations service workforce in an AAALAC accredited facility. Also requires experience in managing Occupational, Safety and Health and GLP-focused Quality Assurance program.
  7. Must have knowledge of laboratory animal technician duties and training.
  8. Experience in designing, administering, and directing an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Program required.
  9. Must possess excellent knowledge of Federal, State, and local regulations governing Animal Care/Diet Preparation facilities.
  10. Good knowledge of both spoken and written English.
  11. Must be a legal resident of the United States.                       


  • Provides on-site supervision to ensure all functions of the contract are carried out in an efficient, courteous and professional manner.
  • Oversees all aspects of the NHP colony health, including health surveillance.
  • Provides diagnostic support and treatment of sick or injured animals.
  • Directs the preventive medicine program.
  • Assists Investigators with developing research protocols.
  • Provides direction and oversight of colony management personnel.
  • Provides training and instruction on techniques associated with research animal use for technicians and the NCTR research staff.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of the environmental enrichment program
  • Ensures NCTR policies and procedures are followed and keep the contract in compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations and guidelines.


  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Occasionally – Climbing, Stooping, Kneeling

Often – Reaching, Standing, Sitting, Walking, Pushing, Pulling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing                     

Lifting/Moving Requirements – Minimum of 50 pounds


Work is performed mainly indoors in a laboratory environment and/or in an animal care, barrier facility, surgical or test procedure facility, diet/water prep facility, or animal housing/bedding cleaning and prep areas.  Work may require use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in both areas.  Work area may be prone to hot and humid conditions, and subject to objectionable odors, aerosols, dust, animal dander, and noise. 



VEVRAA Federal Contractor

 Employability in the U.S. and pre-employment drug screen required.