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The Animal Science Center (ASC) provides veterinary care and research support for all animals used in research and teaching at Boston University (BU) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). The ASC Director leads all aspects of veterinary medical care and husbandry services; assures compliance with all BU policies, laws and regulations concerning the use of animals in research; and provides veterinary medical advice to researchers. The ASC Director acts as the Attending Veterinarian for all animal research at BU and BMC and supports these activities by developing and implementing an effective animal care and use program. The program has a wide variety of species and facilities, including aquatics, nonhuman primates, and an ABSL-3 and ABSL-4 facility. The Director is expected to make decisions regarding the animals under their care, and personnel and resources that they oversees, including responsibility for capital equipment, annual budgeting, and strategic planning. Because the use of animals in research is highly regulated, the authority to take independent action or determine policy known through a thorough knowledge of applicable policies, laws, and regulations is imperative. The Director of ASC has a critical function in providing direct research support services to faculty and their animals, and provides necessary management, oversight, and development to the ASC workforce. This position requires clinical and surgical veterinary skills, facility management experience, the ability to oversee and maintain records and databases, computer literacy, strong organizational and leadership skills, direct interaction with diverse groups within the University and Medical Center, the ability to work with minimal supervision, and a record of customer service.

Required Skills

The Animal Science Center Director and Attending Veterinarian will ideally have the following desired qualifications:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA-Accredited University and active licensure in at least one US state
  • American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine certification
  • Significant experience running an animal care and use program at an academic medical center
  • Experience serving on an IACUC as Attending Veterinarian
  • Knowledge of and/or experience overseeing compliance with current USDA, PHS, OLAW,IACUC, and AAALAC rules, regulations, and standards
  • Experience achieving and maintaining AAALAC accreditation
  • Proven skill providing laboratory animal care utilizing critical care techniques
  • Experience in developing and leading teams, managing people and animal research facilities, and building rapport to influence messaging, acceptance, and understanding
  • Ability to coach and provide clear direction to direct reports and other staff
  • Strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills with the ability to effectively present to all levels of the organization
  • Experience working with academic faculty investigators of varied backgrounds and experience levels
  • Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to shift priorities as needed while making effective use of time and resources
  • Demonstrated strong business judgment, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills
  • Ability to quickly identify areas of improvement and implement solutions with an interdisciplinary approach
  • Process driven with the ability to execute functional processes while using appropriate change management approaches
  • Experience carrying out audits or inspections
  • Strong sense of entrepreneurship, accountability, responsibility, and sense of ownership

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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