Clinical Veterinarian

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7067284 (Ref:10006525)

Posted: June 27, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary
City of Hope (COH) invites applications for a Clinical Veterinarian in the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM) within the Beckman Research Institute (BRI). Under the direction of the CCM Director and Associate Director, this position will assist in maintaining the CCM Animal Care Program (ACP); provide veterinary medical services, clinical supervision, and consultation and training to research investigators, technicians, husbandry staff, and students.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Provide veterinary medical services for all species used in biomedical research and teaching programs within the COH/BRI institutional animal care and use program, including but not limited to conventional and genetically altered mice, rats, chickens, rabbits, and zebrafish. This includes coordinating and assisting in emergency veterinary care including on call rotations during holidays, evenings, and weekends.

  • Supervise CCM Animal Health Technicians/veterinary technicians including developing work schedules and assignments, training new veterinary technicians, and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Oversee daily activities of the CCM Veterinary Services Program (VSP), which provides comprehensive services and expertise in the use of appropriate biomethodology, animal research procedures/techniques, veterinary anesthesia, analgesia, surgery, experimental design, and animal models.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Director to provide oversight and management of all animal transfers to and from the institution.
  • Work closely with the Director and Associate Director in the development and implementation of training programs for CCM/ACP staff in accordance with NIH, USDA and AAALAC requirements.
  • Train laboratory animal medicine residents/fellows in laboratory animal science and research.
  • Participate in IACUC activities including: IACUC mandated training classes, writing/revising IACUC guidelines, semiannual animal facility inspections; veterinary pre-review of animal protocol applications; and draft wording for written notification to principle investigators of decisions of the IACUC.
  • Participate in preparation of program description in anticipation of application for continued accreditation by AAALAC.
  • Participate in providing regulatory oversight and guidance to insure institutional compliance with local, state and federal regulatory agencies including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Public Health Service/National Institutes of Health/ Office of Animal Welfare (PHS/NIH/OLAW), Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), California State Department of Health Services, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Participate/lead organized professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to keep abreast of new regulatory requirements, new techniques and technologies that may assist COH investigators, and new methods to improve the quality of the animal care and use program at COH. Represent COH through presentation at professional meetings and participation in activities of local and national organizations affiliated with improving the care and use of laboratory animals.
  • Participate in collaborative research with institutional faculty.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Candidates must have a DVM/VMD degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited institution, current licensure in at least one state, eligibility for licensure in California, and be board certified or board eligible in laboratory animal medicine. Advanced training and evidence of productivity in collaborative research are highly desirable.
  • A commitment to academic productivity and scholarly achievement through significant contributions and participation in the educational, research, and service programs of the CCM is essential.

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff and faculty.
  • Ability to provide direction and guidance to technical personnel.
  • Knowledge and expertise in diagnosis and treatment of diseases specific to laboratory animals and regulatory guidelines as they apply to use of animals in biomedical research strongly preferred.

Additional information:
  • Professional rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin as they are received and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of intent with a statement of professional goals, curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of reference.City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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