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Veterinarian Fellow

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
May 11, 2024

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Science/R&D, Animal Health
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

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Veterinarian Fellow

Job ID: req3927
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Laboratory Animal Science Program
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.


The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.

LASP seeks to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship program at the NCI-Frederick for veterinarians desiring further experience and training in laboratory animal medicine and cancer research using animal models. The fellow will be embedded in the Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM) portion of LASP to be trained by a team of LASP veterinarians and scientists, with all aspects of research overseen by the senior (attending) veterinarian in LASP Frederick. The fellow will participate in a variety of services in LAM-Frederick and LAM-Bethesda, including animal breeding and health monitoring, receiving and quarantine, surgery and necropsy, ABSL1 and ABSL2 practices, gnotobiotics, small animal imaging, molecular pathology, animal modeling, rederivation and cryopreservation, and working with various regulatory oversight committees (Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee and Quality Assurance). The fellow will gain experience in other regulatory functions like completing the OLAW annual report, OLAW assurance, USDA annual report and AAALAC site visits. The fellow will also gain experience working with species often used in laboratory animal sciences, including Mice, Rats, Xenopus, Zebrafish and Macaques. Fellow who complete the program will earn an FNLCR “certificate of training” and gain a better understanding of the principles and practices of laboratory animal medicine. This intensive training would also well-prepare the fellow for specialty boards exams (e.g. ACLAM). Dedicated time to study for the boards will be provided.


This posting is contingent on future openings.  This position is a one-year term with possible extension.”

  • Assist with daily health checks and treatment of sick animals.
  • Assist with surgical and technical procedure training.
  • Assist with AALAS Certification Training.
  • Support the Receiving and Quarantine Program.
  • Assist with the protocol review process and updating standard operating procedures/policies.
  • Provide on call veterinary support during weekends and after hours.
  • Participate in monthly Institutional Animal Care and Use and Biosafety Committee meetings.
  • Participate in the monthly diagnostic meeting and refinement of the animal health monitoring program.

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Graduation from a veterinary school accredited by the AVMA (e.g. D.V.M. or V.M.D.) or satisfactory completion of the foreign equivalency examination (passing grade) given by the AVMA. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • License to practice veterinary medicine in the U.S.
  • 3+ years of relevant, full-time experience in laboratory animal medicine following receipt of a veterinary medical degree.
  • Broad knowledge of laboratory animal health/medicine, veterinary treatments and procedures.
  • Must function independently in an animal facility to identify and evaluate animal health issues, provide clinical diagnoses, therapeutics and post-procedural care for research animals.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Completion of an ACLAM recognized training/residency program in laboratory animal medicine.
  • Experience handling mice and non-human primates in a research setting, with technical skills in surgical procedures.
  • Experience consulting with scientists regarding animal-based research and development of Animal Study Proposals (ASP).
  • Experience in veterinary diagnostics and clinical medicine.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations

Commitment to Diversity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.



A rewarding career with global impact

Whether you’re an expert in your field or just starting out, we have a career opportunity for you. We’re always looking for people to join us in fulfilling the mission of the Frederick National Laboratory: discovery, innovation, and success in the biomedical sciences.

Our team of 2,400+ scientists, technicians, administrators, and support staff work at the forefront of basic, translational, and preclinical science, with a focus on cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases.

We collaborate with colleagues across the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and others throughout the National Institutes of Health. We also engage with extramural investigators in academia, government and industry.

Your path to joining our team begins with the desire to work for the only national laboratory dedicated to biomedical research. Our employees share a common desire to help make a difference in cancer research and public health concerns. As you search for a career that fits your education, skills, and abilities, explore the core values that guide us and emphasize work-life balance.

Discover why joining the Frederick National Laboratory team could be the most important career step you take



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