The Executive Director of the Comparative Medicine Program reports directly to the Executive Associate Vice President in the Division of Research and is responsible for: establishing, implementing and administering policy for the animal care and use program for Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Research; overseeing the well-being of all animals that are used in teaching and research and ensuring compliance with established policies and standards on animal care and use in campus-wide teaching and research activities; and providing leadership for the animal care program.
Required Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA-accredited institution.
Ten years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a diverse AALCAC accredited program of animal care; clinical experience with a wide variety of species.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
License to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the United States.
Eligible for licensure to practice Veterinary Medicine in the state of Texas.
Specialty board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
USDA Veterinary Accreditation.
Eligibility for clearance through the Department of Justice for access to select agents.
Required Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Familiarity with processes associated with accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
Demonstrated leadership and management skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Additional post graduate degree(s) in related fields.
Demonstrated advanced level of experience in managing a program of animal care supporting a wide variety of species including agricultural animals.
Experience with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to maintain working relationships with diverse individuals.
Provides leadership, advice, and support to the Comparative Medicine Program staff by ensuring veterinary medical services for the variety of animals used in research receive quality treatment and care are in good health. Oversees animal health screening and sentinel surveillance programs for disease prevention and control, sanitation, and hygiene, commensurate with accepted veterinary medical practices. Works closely with animal technical staff in all facilities to ensure the delivery of animal health services. Maintains contact with investigators and laboratories using animals in research and teaching and achieving familiarity with the current and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee-approved animal use protocols. Consults with investigators on comparative biology and medicine, technology, husbandry, and medical care and the selection, procurement, preparation, and use of laboratory animals. Provides research supportive services through guidance and advice to investigators on the conception and conduct of research involving animals. Provisions specialized services (i.e., biocontainment, surgical support, rodent colony management, cryopreservation, rederivation, breeding management, isolation/quarantine, antibody production program, rodent surgery program). Develops additional services as they become warranted. Provisions logistical support for all animal care and use programs through provision of personnel and equipment as needed. Oversees the management of facilities to provide a uniform and high quality care for research animals, regardless of housing location. Provisions resources for educational programs to improve the surgical and technical skills and overall animal use procedures by researchers and technical staff. Establishes administrative procedures, budgets, personnel, and the varied resources for the centralized animal care program (i.e., develop and maintain state of the art support for animal research and teaching programs).
Serves as the Institutional Attending Veterinarian in fulfillment of the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) animal welfare regulations and Public Health Service Policy.
Participates in public relations and service activities on an informational and liaison basis with the veterinary profession, scientific community, and the public to promote a favorable legal and social environment to the conduct of biological research. Engages in collaborative and independent service-directed applied research in research animal science. Develops and maintains professional relationships with faculty within the field of research animal medicine at other Texas institutions, including University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, and Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research among others, to strengthen the academic component of the program and enhance the breadth of the experience provided by the laboratory animal medicine residency.
Reports to and advises the Institutional Official and Vice President for Research in all matters pertaining to the Texas A&M animal care and use program. Performs other duties as assigned.
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Internal Number: R-008440
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