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The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Veterinarian Senior.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:
Commitment to Research
Accountability – Productivity
Under the general direction of the Supervisory Veterinarian, this position provides critical veterinary surgical support and care of nonhuman primates (NHPs) used for research at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). This position will have the primary duties to include but not limited to performance of specialized work related to the development, performance, and management of research and clinical surgeries of nonhuman primates at the WaNPRC. This position requires strong surgical veterinary skills, the ability to collaborate with investigators to develop and optimize surgical procedures and techniques, strong organizational skills, direct interaction with diverse groups within the WaNPRC, and the ability to work with minimal supervision
Collaborate with investigators to develop and implement novel research surgical procedures and techniques to support ongoing research studies.
Assist investigators with protocol development and study scheduling, and consult with investigators regarding study progression.
Perform routine research surgical procedures, including, but not limited to, vascular catheter implantation, laparoscopy, laparotomy, thoracotomy, craniotomy, cranial implantation and removal surgeries.
Perform and assist clinical veterinarians with emergency and non-emergency clinical surgical procedures, including, but not limited to, trauma repair, dental extraction, laparotomy, Caesarean section, and orthopedic surgery.
Perform radiology and ultrasound as it pertains to surgical procedures.
Provide guidance to surgical support staff on instrumentation, sanitation practices, and surgical suite maintenance.
Train and oversee technical staff performing research surgical procedures.
Maintain clinical records in a custom electronic database, the Animal Research Management System (ARMS).
Provide patient peri-operative anesthesia and monitoring as needed.
Provide and oversee post-operative intensive care, including the use of sedatives, analgesics, and antibiotics.
Provide weekend/holiday support for surgical emergencies.
Ensure that all procedures performed have the appropriate regulatory and internal approvals prior to being performed.
Veterinary Clinical Services
Support clinical veterinary staff in overall management and health of research and colony animals, including preventative medicine, review of health records, and development of treatment plans for ongoing clinical cases.
Train and oversee technical staff performing research procedures (surgical and non-surgical) and anesthesia.
Determine and direct use of anesthetic and analgesic agents.• Perform sedation and anesthesia with controlled drugs.
Provide weekend/holiday on call coverage.
Perform the duties required of Essential Personnel members in the event of an emergency.
Communicate regularly with veterinary, research support, husbandry, pathology, and behavioral management staff.
Stay current on all required training.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Maintain compliance with all USDA, PHS, AAALAC, UW, and WaNPRC policies and procedures.
Provide direct monitoring of clinical cases and present verbal and written reports to the University of Washington Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Attending Veterinarian.
Provide supervision of research support and veterinary clinical staff members as needed.
Provide training to veterinary technicians, research support staff, researchers, students, residents, and visiting scientists.
Assist in management of controlled substance inventory.
Participate in continuing education opportunities, including small animal continuing education courses and literature pertaining to nonhuman primates; nonhuman primate related conferences and meetings, specialty practice conferences and inter-department research related lectures and literature.
Provide orientation, training, and refresher training for on-site personnel.
Write and review Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Participate in WaNPRC and UW committees and Primate Center Consortium working groups.
This position will provide technical direction to Research Support Services and Veterinary Services Units.
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from a College of Veterinary Medicine that is accredited by the American Veterinary Association or has a certificate issued by the American Veterinary Association’s Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG in progress will be considered), and a license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state.
The ability to obtain a license to practice in the state of Washington.
Completion of a laboratory animal residency or small animal surgical residency, or a minimum of 2 years of surgical experience with research animals.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proficiency in use of computers including use of word processing, spreadsheets, database software, and internet usage.
Demonstrated capacity to work well independently and in collaboration with a diverse staff.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Prior research surgical experience with nonhuman primates or large animal surgical models.
Clinical proficiency with nonhuman primates and a high level of technical skills specific to primates.
Board certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) or Veterinary Surgery (ACVS).
Clinical surgical and imaging (ultrasound and radiography) experience.
Experience with hands-on technical and surgical training.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis clearance, measles clearance, serum banking, immunizations, such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment.• Punctuality, regular and predictable attendance is an essential job function of this position.• May be required to work with and take specific precautions, against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures and staying current on all required training. Bloodborne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory. This position involves handling non-human primates and human pathogenic organisms. The ability to work in an ABSL 2 with 3 practices containment facility is required. • In addition, the employee is required to maintain all necessary licensing credentials as determined by State and Federal Law.
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