This position provides veterinary care in accordance with regulatory and accreditation requirements and available professional standards to oversee and implement the University of Illinois at Chicago Animal Care Program. Responsible for staff training, regulatory compliance, veterinary care, animal welfare and research support.
Ensure adequate veterinary care by developing and supervising programs in preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic medicine; includes examining animals, diagnosing and prescribing appropriate therapy, medical treatments or special conditioning requirements, and assessing colony health status.
Review and update established policies and procedures; develop and evaluate new policies and procedures to improve operational standards and efficiency.
Develop and monitor programs for the appropriate pre and postoperative care, appropriate use of anesthetics and tranquilizers, and consulting with investigative staff and supervising staff usage.
Perform post approval monitoring of surgery areas outside the core animal facilities.
Develop and monitor programs to ensure use of appropriate euthanasia techniques including review of techniques in use, advising investigators on appropriate and/or alternative techniques and inspecting laboratories to ensure compliance with Animal Care Committee Policies and Guidelines.
Perform regular inspections of service areas in conjunction with the supervisory staff to ensure compliance with BRL husbandry standards, the Guide and the Animal Welfare Act.
Support administrative functions of the Animal Care Committee by reviewing assigned protocols for animal use; providing expert advice to subcommittees, and evaluating policies, guidelines and programs.
Provide veterinary and administrative support for projects involving chemical, radiologic and biologic hazards, including BSL 2 and 3 agents.
Collaborate with the supervisory staff to review performance of animal care staff assigned to various facility areas.
Perform academic duties and functions in support of the educational function of BRL, the UIC Animal Care Program, the UIC Graduate School and the advancement of knowledge in laboratory animal medical and science
Participate in the postdoctoral training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine by serving as a veterinary mentor, presenting lectures, seminars and ground rounds, supervising the clinical rotational assignments of trainees and serving on research advisory committee as appropriate.
Participate in technician training and continuing education programs by developing, reviewing updating and presenting materials in the training program. Collaborate to update and present in-service training and reinforce policies and procedures of animal husbandry program.
Evaluate environmental controls, husbandry practices, and enrichment of animals in respective service areas.
Develop, review, update and present teaching materials for graduate courses offered by the BRL.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
DVM/VMD from an AVMA-accredited school of veterinary medicine.
Successful completion of an ACLAM recognized training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine.
A minimum of 3 years’ experience of Laboratory Animal Medicine (may include experience during training).
License to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the US (state of Illinois license required within one year of employment). USDA Accreditation at the time of application.
Must be service oriented and have the ability to work independently.
Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal, mentoring and teaching.
Internal Number: Job ID #129000
About University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois @ Chicago (UIC) is the largest university in the Chicago metropolitan, with over 27,500 students, 15 colleges – including the nation’s largest medical school, and annual research expenditures exceeding $335 million. UIC operates the state’s major medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals, and is considered one of the nation’s most diverse institutions of higher education.
The institution’s animal based research program is supported by the staff of the Biologic Resources Laboratory (BRL) within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The BRL staff provides husbandry, veterinary and research support for the institution’s animal care and use program, which includes approximately 300 investigators, 650 active research protocols, and a variety of animals species and research disciplines. The institution’s animal care and use program is centralized and has been AAALAC accredited since 1970.