Job Summary
Years Experience
3 - 5 years
Job Description

OVERVIEW: Responsibilities of this veterinarian position are in support of a University in the Pittsburgh area. This position will provide attending veterinary duties, clinical, research and regulatory support for animals on approved animal care and use protocols.



Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, or VMD) required, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) certification preferred. Must have experience in laboratory animal science and experience with animal study protocols utilizing rodent and Non-Human Primate species to include: clinical rounds, Research and Development (R&D), QA/QC, necropsy and clinical pathology, specialized technical procedures, experimental design, protocol writing, and review of animal care and use protocols. Working knowledge of facility operations and animal care staff support is desired. Must be available for on-call, holiday, and weekend duties on a rotating basis.



The AV will work collaboratively with the research investigators, research staff, facility personnel, IACUC, and others to maintain a quality program. The AV has the direct line and program authority and responsibility for the welfare and well-being of all animals approved for use through the IACUC. Participation is expected in IACUC activities including post approval monitoring, protocol review, compliance and training. Clinical requirements include disease detection and surveillance, treatment and resolution. Will offer surgery-advise and oversee the surgical and post-surgical care; advise and provide oversight on animal handling, restraint, use of analgesics and tranquilizers and methods of euthanasia in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals; advise on the occupational health safety program including monitoring for zoonotic diseases; advise and monitor biohazard control policies and procedures relevant to the animal care and use program.

Provide on call availability and consultation for emergency issues including weekend and holidays, on a rotating bases. The AV will serve on the IACUC and other committees as appropriate. The AV is expected to be familiar with the day-to-day activities, personnel and issues within the facilities. We expect the AV to be forward thinking and create and assist in developing plans to enhance the learning abilities and performance of the research and support staff of the University animal care and use program. The AV must possess strong verbal communication, teaching skills and be knowledgeable of pathology and veterinary medical terminology. The AV will efficiently write and maintain reports and develop and maintain an effective relationship with the University research and facility staff.


Description of Duties: Primary duties include the following:

(Job descriptions are subject to change to reflect duties and responsibilities.)

1. Support operations of the animal research facility to ensure compliance with current animal welfare laws, regulations, and policies, and Research and Development (R&D) programs using animal subjects.

2. Provide professional guidance and technical support to facility's investigators in planning, executing, and directing R&D activities using animals. This includes the establishment and execution of disease surveillance programs in the animal research facility.

3. Help develop and implement training programs to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies and facility standards.

4. Initiate and/or review requests for equipment used in the animal research facility and plans for animal research facility construction and renovation.

5. Serve as a member of the IACUC as attending veterinarian.

6. Review animal care and use protocols.

7. Perform mandatory veterinary consultations with investigators prior to the submission of their animal protocol to the IACUC.

8. Review Diagnostic reports and monitor reports for strain, facility, and program trends.

9. Participate in mandated semi-annual IACUC inspections of animal facilities.

10. Guide the University facilities in receiving, maintaining, and preparing for Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), international accreditation site visits, and compliance visits by regulatory agencies.

11. Draft or review regulatory documents required for compliance with applicable regulations, guidelines, and policies. This includes AAALAC Program Descriptions, Public Health Service (PHS) Assurance documents, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Annual Reports (to be signed by the IO) and reports maintained by the IACUC.

12. Serve as a source of guidance on animal research regulations, guidelines, and prevailing standards.

13. Perform other duties as assigned by the SoBran CMU Program Manager.




Our commitment

SoBran, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. 

Job ID: 307851121

SoBran, Inc.
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