Staff Veterinarian - Deputy Chief of Clinical Services

Job description

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.


Duke University's Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) is actively seeking an Assistant Director, Deputy Chief of Clinical Services and USDA Regulated Species Health, to manage the goals and direction of efforts to support the Duke-wide research portfolio, animal model development, independent or collaborative research initiatives, and the provision of professional veterinary medical assistance, direction and management in the clinical care and maintenance of research animals at Duke University. A faculty appointment is possible based on credentials and experience.

Special Working Conditions

Occupational Health and Safety

As a safeguard for the employee and the animals, Veterinarians may be subject to vaccines, tests, physical examinations prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs, including, but not limited to:

TB testing and clearance;Hepatitis B (proof of immunization and/or vaccination);Rabies (proof of immunization and/or vaccination);Tetanus (current vaccination less than 10 years);Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination);Periodic physical examinations including respiratory fit tests);Other vaccines or testing as required by EOHW standards.

Hazard Exposure

The animal facility has a variety of environmental conditions. Specifically, employees may be exposed to potentially hazardous noise, dust, chemicals, extreme heat, and animal waste products. The duration of exposure of any of the above is dependent on assigned duties. Some aspects of this position may expose the incumbent to potentially zoonotic and other biohazardous agents. Appropriate protective clothing and equipment may be required and will be provided when required, accompanied by appropriate training.

Work Performed

    Provide management and direction for veterinary staff engaged in the clinical veterinary care of USDA-regulated species.Establish goals and objectives of the veterinary research and clinical initiatives. Oversee budgetary issues within area of charge.Provide critical veterinary care of nonhuman primates (NHPs) and other USDA-covered species used for research and breeding. This position will have the primary duties to include but not limited to performance of specialized work related to the health, care, and management of nonhuman primates and other USDA-covered species. Diagnose, treat and control diseases and injuries among research animals; perform surgery as needed and prescribe and administer treatments, medicines and vaccines as appropriate. Consult with principal investigators and their staff regarding animal model development and type and number of research animals needed for their protocols. Provide instruction or assistance with procedures related to animal care in principal investigators’ protocols. Prepare grant applications relating to laboratory animal care. Aadvise faculty and research staff regarding U.S.D.A. regulations and N.I.H. guidelines on the care of research animals and facilities. Prepare and maintain a variety of records and operational reports concerning consultations and diagnostic decisions ensuring compliance with applicable Federal, State and local regulations. Keep abreast of new advances in veterinary practices, the care and treatment of laboratory animals and provide in-service training and orientation programs to staff and other research personnel. Assist in effective quality control systems and preventive health programs, revise techniques and procedures as required to obtain desired standards.
  1. Perform other related duties as required incidental to the work described herein.
Professional Conduct and Behavior

Demonstrates professional conduct and behavior at all times when performing job duties and rendering services to the scientific community, especially as they relate to customer service, attendance and punctuality, respectful demeanor and interactions, professional language and communications, appropriate effort and initiative, accountability and integrity, boundary maintenance and confidentiality, emotional self-regulation and responsiveness to feedback. Maintains professional standards and adheres to all federal, state and university regulations and policies regarding the use of animals in research while when performing job duties. Fosters teamwork and collegiality between the various groups of DLAR and scientific community.


Certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. A Master of Science or Ph.D. in a science-related field is also preferred.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/6/2021
Application Due: 9/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time