Clinical Veterinarian - Animal Resources Department

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jul 29, 2020
Full time   Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description

    • Posted: July 20, 2020
  • Full-Time
  • Salk Main Campus

    La Jolla, CA, USA
    Salk Main Campus

    La Jolla, CA, USA
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Job Details


Application Instructions:

Employment History Include your last ten (10) years of employment history, or length of your employment history if less, including all position (even those that are not relevant to this position) and periods of unemployment. Incomplete information could disqualify you from further consideration.

Position Summary:

Position is responsible for provision of quality clinical veterinary care for all animals maintained at The Salk Institute. Responsible for preventative medicine, quarantine, surveillance, diagnosis, treatment and control of disease, anesthesia and analgesia, surgery and post-surgical care, euthanasia and clinical services directly related to research protocols. Position serves as a critical liaison between research investigators and the Animal Resources Department (ARD). Oversees Veterinary Services team and may provide leadership across ARD as needed in support or behalf of Sr. Director.

Veterinary Care  35%

  • Provides clinical care, diagnosis, and surgical veterinary support.
  • Supervises veterinary technical staff, colony management staff, and behavior testing staff.
  • Oversees animal import and export program.
  • Ensures on-call veterinary coverage is scheduled for weekday and weekend/holiday periods.
  • Oversees rodent quality assurance program and pathogen management.

Research Staff Liaison  30%

  • Makes recommendations regarding the most suitable animal housing system as dictated by the research
  • Facilitates and supports scientific programs at the Institute by using state-of-the-art approved operating procedures for anesthesia and surgical procedures, equipment and support services.
  • Assists principal investigators with resolution and/or refinement of various aspects of their research protocols involving the use of animals.
  • Oversees comparative pathology phenotyping service and participates in collaborative research with Salk investigators.
  • Advances laboratory animal science through coordination of innovative, clinically-based research studies.

Clinical Services & Training Related to Research Protocols   20%

  • Participates actively as a member of IACUC and performs protocol planning, review, implementation, facility inspection and other associated duties as needed.
  • Trains and supervises ARD technical staff to provide clinical services in direct support of research protocols
    including extracting blood samples, immunizations, injections, etc.
  • Participates in AALAC accreditation process.
  • Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulations.
  • Coordinates vet student internship program.

Personnel Management 10%

  • Directly manages veterinary services coordinator and colony management tech. Responsible for indirect management of the direct reports of the veterinary services coordinator.
  • Evaluates recommendations of others, deciding on course of action in ambiguous situations and oversees the development of innovative solutions.
  • Responsible for performance reviews, promotional decisions, pay actions, disciplinary and/or corrective action for veterinary services group personnel.
  • Supports and encourages innovation and creative thinking for subordinates with regard to vet services and animal care.



  • Must hold a veterinary degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary school and be eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in California.


  • ACLAM or ACVP board certification or board eligibility.



  • Completion of a training program in laboratory animal medicine or a minimum of three to five years professional experience in laboratory animal medicine with a specialty training in rodents and non-human primates.
  • Prior supervisory experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Able to work a flexible schedule as needed based on workload and deadlines.
  • Post offer physical required which may include respirator fit test.
  • Ability to participate in management on-call schedule.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.


As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/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 six months / twice 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, reasoning, analyzing, communicating, working inside, exposure to animals and potential allergens.



Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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