Director, Attending Veterinarian

Updated: about 2 hours ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Animal Care Unit

Position Overview

The University of Kansas is seeking a full-time, twelve-month Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with significant laboratory animal experience to serve as the Animal Care Unit Director and University Attending Veterinarian.  The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills, broad knowledge of regulations and standards for use of animals in teaching and research, and hands-on experience fulfilling operational, veterinary and research needs of a laboratory animal facility.  The KU program serves a vigorous and diverse research portfolio studying basic biology, social science, translational medicine, and field research.  The incumbent will be charged with managing a growing facility and must work closely with the IACUC, key stakeholders, and researchers to ensure integrated support for a high-quality program.  Commitment to excellence in animal research, animal health and welfare, and regulatory compliance is required.

Founded in 1865, KU is an R1-rated research university and a member of the Association of American Universities.  It has more than 40 graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report; two ranked firs in the nation, 11 ranked in the top 10, and 48 in the top 50 among public institutions.  KU enrolls 28,500 students and employs nearly 2,900 faculty members across five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina).

Thanks in part to core lab support, faculty and staff on all KU campuses generated $263.9 million in externally funded research expenditures in fiscal year 2019.  Collectively, that activity fuels KU's mission to be an institution "making discoveries that change the world."  It is also among the reasons KU retains membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities - one of just 36 U.S. public institutions among 65 that are transforming lives through education, research, and innovation.

LAWRENCE:  A city of approximately 90,000, Lawrence is located on a rolling landscape 35 miles west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital.  Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the cultural and athletic events of a university setting. For more information on Lawrence, please visit the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau or the City of Lawrence web pages.

Job Description

30% - Facility Management

  • Provides leadership and expertise on issues of facility design, maintenance, and planning, including emergency planning and budgeting.  Works with IACUC and IO to ensure policies and resources are in place and with other University stakeholders to ensure adequate institutional support to maintain facilities.
  • Oversees day-to-day maintenance of facilities to meet the KU accredited program standards and needs, including sanitation, environment conditions, supplies, security and personnel safety.  The incumbent will be responsible for related facility policies, procedures, forms and records.
  • Oversee use of animal facilities, including coordination of investigator room assignments.
  • Ensures critical policies, procedures, rules and cautions, including changes to the same, are communicated clearly to all staff and users.
  • Oversees business functions of the Animal Care Unit, including procurement, personnel, contract services, animal census and usage, and billing.  Provides business information required and works with Office of Research Fiscal Services to propose rates for per diems and services offered by the Animal Care Unit.
  • Direct supervisor of clinical veterinarian, facility manager and other key ACU personnel.
40% - Health and well-being
  • Oversees husbandry operations, including housing, enrichment, breeding, quality assurance, and record keeping ensuring health and well-being of animals.
  • Oversees program of veterinary care, including but not limited to preventative medicine and health surveillance, medical and surgical treatment, establishment of sedation, anesthetic and analgesic guidelines, handling, and immobilization, and all related medical records.  Has access to and authority to intervene in the care of any animal in the program as necessary to assure humane care.
  • Shares hands-on veterinary care responsibility with veterinary team, including on-call availability during evenings, weekends and holidays, and coverage during leave.
  • Ensures continuing professional development and licensure of veterinary staff.  Ensures continuing education and training for animal husbandry and facility staff.
  • Provides consultation and training to investigators regarding experimental procedures and technique.
25% - Compliance
  • Participates in and works closely with KU-Lawrence IACUC
    • Reviews animal use statements (AUS) in collaboration with IACUC.
    • Approves specific AUS changes according to IACUC-approved Veterinary Verification and Consultation (VVC) procedures.
    • Consults with investigators on the development of UAS.
    • Advises IACUC on all matters relating to animal welfare, facilities and regulatory requirements, including but not limited to developing and implementing training programs for IACUC members and personnel working with animals, overall program development and continual improvement, and emergency preparedness.
    • Acts as a primary responder to reports of concern and unanticipated or adverse events that result in animal welfare issues.
    • Participates in the Committee for Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals (COHSCURA).
  • Primary contact and coordinator for regulatory inspections and accreditation visits.
  • Cultivates a culture of safety and compliance among ACU staff and KU researchers.
  • Maintains compliance with all policies for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Board of Pharmacy including acquisition, storage, inventory, record maintenance, and accurate licensure for management of controlled and non-controlled drugs.
5% - Other Duties as Assigned

Position Requirements

  • Ability to lift 50lbs. with or without accommodation. 
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed on an on-call basis.

  • Required Qualifications

    1.  Candidates must hold a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA Council on Education accredited veterinary college or school and be eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Kansas.
    2.  Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) or ACLAM board-eligible with the requirement to successfully obtain ACLAM certification within two years of starting the position.
    3.  Three years of experience serving as a laboratory animal veterinarian.
    4.  Previous experience working with an IACUC to develop, implement and maintain an animal care and use program that met regulatory requirements and accreditation standards.
    5.  Supervisory experience and knowledge of financial management for animal care and use facilities.
    6.  Excellent, written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills as demonstrated in application materials, previous work experience, references, and the interview process.
    7.  Knowledge and understanding of all applicable federal regulations, standards, and guidelines for all vertebrate animals used in teaching and research, including familiarity with AAALAC - International accreditation standards, as demonstrated in work history and credentials.
    8.  Experience in the use of office management software such as Microsoft Office.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1.  Three years of laboratory animal facility management experience including supervisory responsibilities.
    2.  Experience with financial planning for a laboratory animal facility and ability to use business information for performance metrics.
    3.  Hands-on experience with aquatic species and reptiles; familiarity with scientific goals and techniques for animals use in basic biology, social sciences, translational medicine, and field research.
    4.  Demonstrated success in establishing positive relationships with investigators and other key stakeholders.
    5.  Experience supporting a culture of safety and compliance among all parties to an animal care and use program.
    6.  Experience developing and presenting training programs and providing consultation regarding use of animals in research and education.
    7.  Demonstrated understanding of the needs of investigators pursuing diverse lines of research involving the use of animals.
    8.  Experience conducting laboratory animal research, as demonstrated by research publications authorship.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Matt Riegel
    Clinical Veterinarian

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Application review begins on March 13, 2021 and will continue until a qualified applicant is selected.  To ensure first consideration, please apply by March 12, 2021.

    Advertised Salary Range

    160,000.00 Commensurate with experience

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Full time. On call availability.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Serve at the Pleasure

    Work Location Assignment



    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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