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Head of Lab Animal Sciences/Attending Vet

Location: Auburn , Massachusetts

Connexion’s mission is to provide "best in class" services to job seekers. We strive to achieve excellence in job placement, staffing, and recruiting services, while treating candidates with the professionalism and respect they deserve.

Title: Head of Lab Animal Sciences/Attending Vet

Hiring Organization: Connexion Systems & Engineering

Our client is seeking Head of Lab Animal Sciences/Attending Vet

Compensation, Benefits, and Employment Type

  • Duration – Permanent
  • Pay rate:   150-175K
  • Job Location:  Worcester, MA
  • Job# bh11653
  • Date Posted: 9/1/2020


  • The attending vet – would head up the vet group – a lot of room for growth – taking on other groups
  • Have to be eligible to take their boards
  • Need someone who has been out there for at least 10 years
  • Need to understand their regulations and the focus it will start off as a group of a 5 and could grow to 50 pretty quickly. Ideally we want to move a group to be under this vet.


The Head of Laboratory Animal Sciences (LAS) works under the direct guidance of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Institutional Official (IO). The goal of this department is to collaborate with and provide expert support to our research scientists in the discovery, characterization, and development of novel therapeutic products for a variety of human diseases. As a LAS team, we are dedicated to providing excellent animal care, progressive veterinary medicine, and expert lab animal science knowledge. The Head of LAS has direct program authority and responsibility for the animal care and use program.


  • Define and implement LAS program, in compliance with all regulations and policies, nationally and locally.
  • Serves as Attending Veterinarian. Direct day–to-day oversight of the animal care and use program including, but not limited to:
  • Ensure that all animal care related activities are conducted in accordance with company policies, guidelines, and SOPs, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards and regulations.
    • Ensure that documentation requirements are met;
    • Partners with research teams to offer proactive guidance and expertise to inform decisions on protocols and procedures to ensure the most efficient use of laboratory animals on studies;
    • Institute the use of appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries;
    • Provide expertise and consultation on matters of animal health and welfare, including, but not limited to: the use of proper anesthesia and analgesia in laboratory animals; recognition and training for treatment of in the relief of pain and distress; discussion of the possible complications related to procedures used or disease models proposed; review of the plans for appropriate and timely medical intervention;
    • Ensure daily observation of all animals by personnel to assess their health and well-being;
    • Conduct routine Physical Examinations (PE) and the testing of non-human primates for tuberculosis (TB).
    • Provide expertise and consultation on matters regarding animal and personnel health status-control program including, but not limited to: vaccinations, safety programs, zoonosis control, euthanasia methods, and other appropriate provisions related to animal research.

o Accountable for managing our pathogen exclusion lists for and collaborating with the teams to establish biosecurity to reduce the spread of pathogens, traffic patterns, and PPE standards.

    • Provides oversight of quarantine program which includes participation in vendor management, e.g. reviewing vendor health information, communicating specific issues related to shipments to them, tracking overall vendor performance, as applicable.
  • Collaborates on implementation of the animal behavior and enrichment program.
    • Manages veterinary staff and provides training for veterinary technicians/staff. Ensures that training is properly documented and regularly updated as necessary.
  • Collaborates with the training program on the development and/or training of new or innovative techniques and other procedural improvements. May provide oversight of the verification of staff proficiency and assists with approval of designated trainer status. Responsible for ensuring proficiency of all on-site clients and/or consultants who work with animals
  • Experience in building and leading teams, managing people and animal research facilities, with strong interpersonal and communication skills. May perform surgeries, provide surgical support and/or anesthesia, or provide surgical and analgesic technical expertise/advice.
  • Serves on the Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) as a member.
  • Provides emergency coverage and on weekends and holidays, as scheduled, for the care of animals.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of company policies, state and federal regulations and other assignments required to support the animal care program (e.g. SOP development and implementation, maintenance of AAALAC accreditation standards).
  • Remains current on new and revised study protocols, animal care, treatments, etc.
  • Complies with all regulatory guidelines, occupation health as well as health and safety programs, in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Proactively partners with key stakeholders across the organization (e.g., HR, Compliance, Facilities, Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health).
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • As an expert in animal care, exercises independent judgment to solve immediate emergency problems regarding the animal care program at all levels of complexity.
  • Prescribes medications and establishes treatments for animals beyond SOPs, protocols or IACUC related documents for animal welfare.


  • Experience providing excellent clinical and surgical care in the lab animal field, providing technical support to research projects, collaborating with researchers, ensuring compliance with federal regulations and AAALAC standards, and training/teaching research and lab animal staff. Anticipates company needs and organizes information and regulations for company programs and policies, including, but not limited to: vaccinations, zoonosis control, euthanasia methods, other appropriate provisions related to animal research, and technical instruction for upcoming studies involving animal care program.
  • Develops/reviews current and newly established policies and procedures.
  • Serves as expert on implementing changes regarding animal care program.


  • Directly supervises company veterinarians and provides technical supervision of employees involved with animal care.
  • With senior management, provides oversight and reviews the company’s veterinary care program to ensure the animals are cared for in compliance with the regulations and company policies



Work Experience

Accredited veterinary school

AND 10 years of related training and laboratory animal medicine experience

OR certified as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

AND 10 years of related training and laboratory animal medicine experience

OR equivalent formal education deemed appropriate by APHIS administrator

AND 10 years of related training and laboratory animal medicine experience

License to practice Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.

  • DACLAM eligible preferred
  • Experience with biosafety, crisis management and occupational health & safety training.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with various levels of personnel collaborating on research projects, clients and vendors and for presentations.
  • Must work well in a team-oriented environment as well as demonstrate the ability to work independently within established policies and procedures.

Thorough knowledge and understanding of study protocols and IACUC processes involved. Proficient in computer-based software programs: Microsoft® Office Suite, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and the Internet.


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