Senior Director & Attending Veterinarian - Animal Resources Department

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Apr 13, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Job #: G811

Posted Date: April 10, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Senior Director & Attending Veterinarian - Animal Resources Department

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Animal Resources

The Animal Resources Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality of veterinary medical care, husbandry, enrichment and professional technical support to enable the scientists and their research.

Position Description:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is ranked as one of the top 5 basic research institutes in the world. This world class facility now seeks a highly trained laboratory animal veterinarian and executive to lead our Animal Resources Department. Position is responsible for the ongoing development and daily operations of all Salk vivaria (approx. 47,000 square feet) including laboratory animal management, veterinary care and research services. Position works closely with Institute faculty in the design and implementation of animal experiments and has the potential to develop an independent research program consistent with the Institute's mission of fundamental biological research. Position is expected to play an active role in the ACLAM approved Laboratory Animal Medicine Training program and mentor residents. Position is responsible for compliance with all federal, state and institutional regulations, policies and guidelines in an AAALAC-accredited program and advises the Chief Scientific Officer/Institutional Officer on all matters related to animal-based research at the Institute. Position participates in Institute committees as appointed including IACUC, IBC, Space Planning and HR advisory committees. Position interacts extensively with all Institute researchers on the selection, acquisition and use of research animals and provides educational materials and training for scientists on the use of animals in research. Position leverages personal training and industry expertise as well as the knowledge/skills of others in the department to support Investigators and their research.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from an AVMA-accredited program.
  • Board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). Candidates with Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) or American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) will be taken into consideration.
  • Veterinary Licensure in at least one state
  • Ability to obtain licensure in the State of California, a DEA practitioner’s license and USDA accreditation within 6 months of employment
  • Experience in laboratory animal medicine with at least three (3) to five (5) years of experience in a managerial role as Director/Attending Veterinarian or Associate Director/Clinical Veterinarian. PhD with research experience, demonstrated record of scholarly activity and history of successful grant writing will be considered an advantage
  • Thorough understanding of all policies and regulations governing animal-based research in the United States as well as AAALAC accreditation process
  • Experience with USDA-covered species, including new and old-world primates.
  • Expertise in animal models used in cancer, metabolism, neurosciences, aging, stem cell and immunology research
  • Experience in facility design including BSL-2 facilities.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to analyze, delegate and prioritize resources while maintaining a positive and collegial interaction with faculty and staff at all levels to promote and facilitate effective research
  • Ability to work flexible schedule as needed based on workload and deadlines
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation
  • Willingness to sign an employee confidentiality agreement

Special Requirements:


As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines, tests, and physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to:

  • TB Testing/Clearance (every 12 months / once a year).
  • Hepatitis B (proof of immunization and/or vaccination).
  • Rabies (proof of immunization and/or vaccination).
  • Tetanus (vaccination < 10 years).
  • Diphtheria (proof of immunization and/or vaccination).
  • Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination).
  • Periodic physical exams (may include respirator fit test).
  • Other vaccines/tests as required by Occupational Health & Safety standards.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, hearing, reading, reasoning, analyzing, communicating, working inside, exposure to potential allergens and exposure to animals.

About the Salk:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.


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