Attending Veterinarian

University of Idaho in Idaho

Deadline September 15, 2014
Date Posted August 19, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Attending Veterinarian

Classification Group Title
Campus Veterinarian


University Research (Div)

FLSA Status
Overtime Exempt

Employee Category

Pay Range
$93,412.80 - 100,000+ DOE

Salary Grade

Type of Appointment
Fiscal Year



Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

The Attending Veterinarian (AV) is responsible for providing direct or delegated veterinary care for all animals used in research, testing, teaching, and outreach across the main University of Idaho campus and all University of Idaho satellite campuses to ensure the health and welfare of animals and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The AV serves as the regulatory Attending Veterinarian and a standing voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The AV plans, develops, directs, and implements all aspects of the veterinary care program. The AV reports to the Director of Research Administration and is responsible for supervision of the Laboratory Animal Research Facility (LARF).

Job Duty Function
Serves as institutional expert and advisor on animal care and use by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Providing broad program direction, development, and oversight of the University’s veterinary care program.
• Providing expert advice and consultation to the IACUC, IBC, Office of Research Administration, principal investigators (PIs), staff, colleges/departments, and students relative to animal care and use regulations, policies, and best practices.
• Serving as a standing, voting member of the IACUC and IBC.
• Participating in the formulation of University policy and standard operating procedures with regard to animal care and use.
• Developing and delivering University-wide individual and group training on topics related to animal care and use, both at regularly scheduled intervals and as needed.
• Consulting with PIs in developing animal care and use protocols, including required consultations under section 2.31(d)(1)(vi)(B) of the Animal Welfare Regulations.
• Assisting PIs in developing the animal care portion of research grants, upon request.

Job Duty Function
Ensures University compliance with all federal, state, and institutional laws, regulations, and policies relative to animal care and use by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Maintaining, in coordination with the Office of Research Assurances (ORA), the University’s USDA registration and PHS Animal Welfare Assurance.
• Remaining up-to-date and advising on relevant animal care and use regulations and guidelines, including the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching.
• Developing and overseeing a program and record database for the use of controlled substances and prescription medications used in animal research, including oversight of veterinarian and researcher DEA licensing.
• Ensuring that accurate and compliant veterinary medical records are maintained in all animal facilities.
• Conducting routine and unannounced inspections of all animal facilities, including developing corrective action plans for noted deficiencies, to ensure animal welfare and compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and guidelines.
• Participating in required reporting to federal agencies, in coordination with ORA, the IACUC, and the Institutional Official.
• Leading veterinary components of accreditation processes.

Job Duty Function
Provides direct and indirect animal care and ensures animal welfare by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Supervising the personnel, programmatic, and fiscal operations of the LARF.
• Providing direct veterinary care of multiple species and, in some instances, oversight of veterinary care provided by clinical veterinarians.
• Developing and implementing a mechanism for direct and frequent communication with clinical veterinarians and facility managers to ensure AV oversight of veterinary care and animal welfare.
• Providing guidance and oversight to PIs and animal facility personnel to ensure appropriate husbandry; handling and restraint; medical treatment; analgesia, anesthesia, and euthanasia guidelines; disease prevention and detection; and surgical and post-surgical care.
• Providing veterinary care during and outside of normal business hours, including weekends and holidays, either directly or by ensuring adequate back-up veterinarians.

Job Duty Function
Contributes to team effort by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Participating in job-related professional development opportunities.
• Performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

DVM, VMB, or equivalent degree from an AVMA-accredited institution, or certification from either the AVMA/ECFVG or AAVSB/PAVE foreign graduate equivalency programs.

• Three years veterinary experience, including post-graduate experience in laboratory animal care and medicine.

• License to practice veterinary medicine in Idaho, or eligibility for Idaho licensure with the application submitted within the first 10 days of hire.

USDA certification for issuance of health certificates in Idaho, or eligibility for USDA certification with the application submitted within the first 10 days of hire.

• Controlled substance registrations with the DEA and Idaho State Board of Pharmacy, or eligibility for registrations with the applications submitted within the first 10 days of hire.

• Availability for animal care consultation and response 24/7, except when on official University-approved travel or leave.

Preferred Qualifications

• Strong clinical, diagnostic, and surgical skills with a variety of small and large laboratory animal species.

• Excellent knowledge of animal welfare regulations and contemporary practices in animal health, care, and use.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

• Strong managerial and supervisory skills.

ACLAM Certification.

• Prior veterinary experience at an academic research institution.

• Completion of a residency in laboratory animal medicine.

• Prior veterinary experience with farm animals, birds, aquatics, and other wildlife.

• Experience with AALAC accreditation process.

• Prior experience working with animal biosafety levels 1-3.

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Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to the application, cover letter and CV, please also complete the eleven supplementary questions.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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