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Laboratory Animal Veterinarian & Clinical Assistant Professor

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Laboratory Animal Veterinarian & Clinical Assistant Professor


VPR-Animal Resources

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Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion of the College and the Veterinary Profession. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths/experiences in these areas as it relates to teaching, research and/or service in their cover letter. Qualified applicants are invited to submit (1) a letter of intent including professional interests and career goals, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the name, mailing address, and contact information for three professional references. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. M.A. McCrackin, URAR Director, by email ( or telephone (706-542-9710). The successful candidate’s employment starting date is negotiable; the position is available August 1, 2023. As required by the University of Georgia policy, the successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation.

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Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Clinical Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary:

The University of Georgia animal care and use program is looking for a great veterinarian to support our growing AAALAC-accredited program. Specifically, we are seeking applications to engage a full-time non-tenure clinical track faculty veterinarian jointly appointed in University Research Animal Resources (URAR) and the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine to provide clinical service for the program, participate in instructional activities, and support regulatory efforts. The URAR supports a broad variety of activities using diverse species; provides veterinary care to facilities which include a large ABSL3/ABSL3-Ag facility, rodent barrier/containment, rabbit, amphibian, aquaculture, agricultural and nonhuman primate areas; and promotes continuous development of a high-quality, service-oriented research resource. Reporting to the Director of URAR, the duties of this position include providing veterinary care; performing diagnostic and research-related procedures; consulting with faculty on the development of research projects; and participating in training investigators, research staff, and URAR professionals. Further duties encompass participating in oversight of compliance with applicable policy, guidelines, and laws; reviewing Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols and attending IACUC meetings; mentoring and instructing veterinary students, externs, and residents as part of an emerging academic comparative medicine program based in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The successful candidate will focus on Clinical Services and Training, including liaising with the new Animal Care Training Coordinator to collaboratively develop a robust training program for investigators, staff, and students; supporting veterinary technicians and eventually supervising the veterinary technician supervisor; and overseeing the fee-for-service technical support program.

This is a non-tenure clinical track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Population Health. The academic promotion process is managed by the department Chair.

Additional Requirements:

Board eligibility in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine or related discipline or have board certification.

Requirements for appointment for Clinical Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) can be found in the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Non-tenure Track Clinical Faculty in the Department of Population Health:

The selected candidate must pass a background check and random drug and alcohol testing.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  1. License to practice veterinary medicine in a state in the United States and the ability to gain licensure in the state of Georgia within 3 months of hire.
  2. Extensive knowledge of the practice of clinical laboratory animal medicine, and the ability to apply that knowledge in training others in biomethodology in a variety of animal species
  3. History of working with a variety of animals such as rodents, rabbits, ferrets, cats, dogs, farm animals, nonhuman primates, reptiles, and fish.
  4. Enrollment and participation in the Occupational Health and Safety Program and maintenance of all required vaccinations or other required prophylaxis based on research being conducted at all facilities.
  5. Must qualify to work with Select Agents and work successfully in a biocontainment research environment.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  1. Excellent understanding of the principles of virology, bacteriology, and parasitology and their application to colony health monitoring programs
  2. Broad understanding of comparative organismal biology and pathophysiology of conventional and laboratory animal species, and the common diseases of laboratory animals and their diagnosis, management, and/or treatment.
  3. Knowledge of animal care and veterinary medicine.
  4. Ability to observe animal behavior, and assess and treat problems in a wide variety of species.
  5. Ability to remember a large number of details, know and apply UGA and regulatory agencies policies, draw appropriate conclusions from information available.
  6. Knowledge of zoonotic diseases.
  7. Knowledge of applicable policies, guidelines, and laws
  8. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely with colleagues, URAR professionals, and other stakeholders
  9. Proven reliability and ability to work independently to complete usual job responsibilities.
  10. Effective communication skills including the ability to facilitate problem resolution, receive constructive feedback and direction, and promote excellent customer service.
  11. Requires initiative, flexibility, and the ability to work in a team environment.
  12. Excellent organizational and analytical skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize work flow while providing excellent work under tight deadlines.
  13. Ability to use computer software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Ability to use computer software to record data.

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  1. Ability to routinely lift and carry 50 pounds
  2. Ability to squat, kneel, walk stairs, and stand on ladders
  3. Must be able to work in an enclosed environment exposed to smells, dust, and dander of animals
  4. Ability to perform above while wearing Personal Protective Equipment, such as combination of Tyvek jumpsuits, face shield, exam gloves, and fitted respirator or Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR).

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


1. Directs the appropriate treatment and medical management of laboratory animals2. Conducts physical examinations of research animals.3. Interprets diagnostic test results4. Communicates with researchers regarding clinical conditions, treatment plans, and prognosis in their research animals.5. Performs surgeries, postoperative management, and manages pain control strategies
6.Conducts diagnostic and research necropsies

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1. Performs Post Approval Monitoring (PAM) of Clinical Health Records and related records of laboratory animals to ensure compliance with approved Animal Use Proposals per expectations of the UGA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Office of Research Compliance. 2. Reports concerns to the Attending Veterinarian.
3. Serves on committees, such as alternate member of the IACUC, and other committees as assigned at the department, college, and university level.
4. Directs the URAR Clinical Services and Training program, liaising with the Animal Care Training Coordinator to collaboratively develop a robust training program for investigators, staff, and students; supporting veterinary technicians and eventually supervising the veterinary technician supervisor; and overseeing the fee-for-service technical support program.
5. Consults with faculty on the development of research projects.

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1. Performs collaborative research and other academic responsibilities2. Makes scholarly contributions as a co-author

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1. Mentors veterinary students, interns, residents, and graduate students2. Instructs in veterinary, graduate, or undergraduate curriculum

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