Clinical Veterinarian, Associate Director

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Position Summary
Clinical Veterinarian
The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) at a prestigious institution is hiring a Clinical Veterinarian, Associate Director in Indianapolis, IN. We are seeking an individual with strong customer service skills to join our team. The role includes providing clinical care for laboratory animals and serving as an Assistant Director. Our research programs cover a wide range of biomedical areas, such as cardiovascular disease, alcoholism, cancer, behavioral research, aging, and gene therapy. At LARC, we focus on the care and housing of various species, including swine, dogs, rabbits, frogs, and rodents. Our program is accredited by AAALAC International and consists of a dedicated team of approximately 90 animal program staff, including seven veterinarians.
This is a non-tenure research position. The position starts as an assistant scientist, but individuals with documented academic rank advancement may be eligible for the associate scientist faculty rank.
Responsibilities:
- Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for working with animals in biomedical research, including the Animal Welfare Act & Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, local policies, and other applicable regulations.
- Provide veterinary preventive, clinical, diagnostic, technical, and surgical services, with a focus on USDA-regulated species, frogs, laboratory mice and rats. Conduct regular rounds and check-ins.
- Perform routine surgeries such as spay/neuter, jugular/carotid catheter implantation, and other surgeries as required for experimental model development.
- Advise researchers on grant budget construction for technical and surgical services. Organize pre-initiation preparatory planning meetings with researchers. Order and maintain supplies for studies, ensuring excellent oversight and communication. Track supplies and labor for accurate billing.
- Communicate with internal and external customers regarding significant changes in animal health, husbandry/environment, and study conduct.
- Review vendor health records and animal orders. Assist with imports/exports.
- Provide consultation to investigators on anesthesia, analgesia, surgery, breeding, housing/environment, hazards, model selection, protocol writing, and other study-related needs.
- Participate in training programs for LARC employees, research personnel, veterinary residents, veterinary students, and others. Create and implement training content for classes and instruction.
- Provide expertise and assistance for specialty areas such as GLP, immune-compromised, gnotobiotic, hazards, or ABSL-2/3 restricted areas as required.
- Provide leadership within operations teams to prevent problems, identify opportunities, and solve complex challenges.
- Directly or indirectly supervise and oversee veterinary technical staff, supervisors, and other operational staff. Perform human-resource-related duties, including hiring, mentoring, coaching, and performance management.
- Assist in writing/updating Standard Operating Procedures and policies.
- Serve on department, campus, and university committees as assigned (e.g., IACUC, IBC). Review IACUC and IBC protocols and provide post-approval monitoring.
- Stay updated on issues in laboratory animal medicine, animal care, and science.
- Participate in the quality assurance program. Conduct routine facility inspections, perform quality checks, and oversee surgical suite maintenance.
- Participate in site visits/audits by external oversight organizations such as AAALAC-International, USDA, OLAW, DEA, and State of Indiana Board of Pharmacy.
- Share after-hours and holiday emergency on-call services with other veterinary staff on a rotating basis.
- Perform other assigned duties.
Required Qualifications:
- Ability to have direct physical contact with and prolonged exposure to all common laboratory animal species.
- Availability to work full-time and on-site.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) from an AVMA-accredited program.
- Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the United States, with eligibility
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