Chief of Veterinary Research

Location: Naples, FL

Chief of Veterinary Research - Naples, FL

We are a leading organization in the drug development sector, committed to groundbreaking solutions for infectious diseases and gene therapies. Our state-of-the-art bio-secure facility supports a wide range of preclinical programs, driven by a dedication to scientific excellence and innovation.

Position Overview:

As the Chief of Veterinary Research, you will play a vital role in shaping the strategic direction and operational management of our veterinary research department. This pivotal position requires a combination of scientific expertise and leadership skills, ensuring that our research protocols accurately reflect the complexities of human diseases and treatment approaches.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership:
  • Create and implement long-term strategies for the veterinary research department to support the organization's research and development objectives.
  • Lead operational planning and execution, ensuring the efficient and effective achievement of departmental goals.
  • Regulatory Compliance:
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory and ethical standards, maintaining vital accreditations and meeting the requirements of AAALAC, USDA, FDA, and other relevant bodies.
  • Prepare for and oversee compliance audits and reports, maintaining exceptional standards of research and animal well-being.
  • Research Management:
  • Oversee the design and implementation of preclinical studies, ensuring their alignment with scientific, regulatory, and ethical standards.
  • Provide expert guidance in the development of animal models for preclinical research, ensuring their relevance to therapeutic targets.
  • Operational Excellence:
  • Manage daily operations, including budgeting, staffing, and resource allocation, to optimize the performance of the veterinary research department.
  • Incorporate new technologies and methodologies to enhance research outcomes and operational workflows.
  • Team Leadership:
  • Lead the recruitment, training, and mentorship of a multidisciplinary team, cultivating a culture of excellence and ethical research.
  • Develop and implement professional development programs to nurture talent within the department.
  • Collaboration:
  • Engage with cross-functional teams to ensure the integration and support of the veterinary research strategy throughout the organization.
  • Maintain open channels of communication with internal and external stakeholders, providing updates on departmental progress and strategic achievements.
  • Quality Assurance:
  • Uphold the highest quality standards in all research activities, continuously auditing and enhancing processes.
  • Ensure that the health and well-being of animals are paramount considerations in all research endeavors.
  • Institutional Engagement:
  • Active participation in institutional committees, such as the IACUC, offering expertise on animal welfare and research integrity.


  • DVM from an AVMA-accredited program with ACLAM certification.
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in a research or laboratory animal facility, including 5 years in a leadership position.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning and operational management within a veterinary research or related research environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of regulatory compliance standards in a research setting.
  • Proven leadership qualities with the ability to manage and develop a diverse team.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage stakeholders.
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