How to Apply
Applicants should electronically submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter to: AVSearchCommittee@umich.edu.
For questions, please contact the AVSearchCommittee@umich.edu.
Widely recognized as one of the world's leading research universities, the University of Michigan (U-M) provides exceptionally fertile ground for innovative research that underlies progress in all aspects of our society. With 19 top-ranked schools and colleges and annual research expenditures of $1.39 billion, U-M's research capabilities and accomplishments span nearly every field of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences and the humanities. U-M is seeking an Attending Veterinarian/Director of ULAM to provide strategic leadership and direction for it's animal care and use program.
The University of Michigan animal care and use program has a wide variety of species, including rodents, aquatic animals, livestock, and nonhuman primates, located in decentralized facilities on three campuses, including one farm and two biological stations. The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) is responsible for guidance and provides care for the U-M animal care and use program campus wide. ULAM offers a variety of services and educational programs to support the U-M research community and the animals under their care, including laboratory animal procurement and husbandry, veterinary clinical care, compliance and oversight monitoring, personnel training, and specialized research support cores and activities. ULAM's academic, teaching, and research missions support animal welfare and best-practice development for the animal care and use program and lead one of the nation's oldest and most recognized residency training programs for laboratory animal veterinarians.
Reporting to both the University Vice President for Research and the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the Medical School, the AV/ULAM Director oversees all veterinary medical care and husbandry services; assists in assuring compliance with all federal laws and guidelines and institutional policies concerning the use of animals in research; oversees the academic teaching and research programs; and provides veterinary medical advice to researchers. In partnership with the Assistant Vice President for Research-Animal Program Compliance Oversight and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the AV/ULAM Director oversees the entire animal care program.
Using a thorough knowledge of animal medicine and applicable policies, laws, and regulations, the AV/ULAM Director has the authority and accountability to make independent decisions regarding the animals under his/her care as well as the personnel and resources that he/she oversees. The AV/Director is also expected to perform or assign management tasks in an effective manner that furthers the U-M goal of sustained excellence in animal care and use in scientific research and education, promoting the philosophy that the highest animal welfare standards are a necessity for impactful science.
· Serves as the Attending Veterinarian for U-M and provides advice to researchers and the IACUC on the proper use of animals in research. Serves as an ex-officio voting member of the IACUC.
· Oversees and implements the program of veterinary care for University of Michigan.
· Leads and facilitates long-term planning for the animal care and use program on campus including the design and utilization of facilities and other necessary resources.
· Coordinates the operations and administration of ULAM across all locations to ensure uniform policies and procedures pertaining to animal care and use at U-M.
· Is responsible for the management and oversight of the veterinarians, the skilled veterinary technical staff, ULAM husbandry operations, and the ULAM research and education programs.
· Oversees the administration of services in all aspects of veterinary care of various species (rodents, non-human primates, rabbits, aquatics, and other lab animals). This may include providing clinical veterinary medical care, surgical, analgesic and anesthetic support or advice to researchers.
· Oversees the veterinary education and academic programs and provides strategic direction and leadership. Mentors veterinarian, veterinary technicians, and students in the field of laboratory animal medicine.
· Oversees the research support services provided by ULAM, such as the Germ-Free Mouse Facility and In-Vivo Animal Core.
· Oversees the ULAM Training Core, which, in partnership with the IACUC, provides training in the proper care and use of research animals to all U-M research personnel.
· Provides consultation to researchers on animal model development and research needs related to the effects of animal wellbeing, health, use, and spontaneous disease on research goals.
· Directs and oversees the ULAM budget (e.g. recharge development and implementation, managing and tracking of expenditure and revenue, etc.). Responsible for forecasting and acquisition of capital equipment and has authority to authorize purchasing of supplies and materials necessary for the program.
· Serves on appropriate University committees related to research activities and the animal program.
· Assists in assuring facility and researcher compliance with NIH/OLAW guidelines, AAALAC requirements, and animal welfare regulations.
· Participates in site visits/consultations by external oversight organizations and collaborators (AAALAC, USDA, and industry partners), as necessary.
· Responds to human zoonotic exposures by advising the appropriate physician or other designated U-M personnel of animal health status.
· The Director and Attending Veterinarian must have a DVM degree from an accredited veterinary program, be a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), have a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Michigan and have at least 10 years of experience in a research-intensive academic environment, preferable in a leadership role.
· Demonstrates scholarly and educational activities commensurate with a faculty appointment.
· The position assumes skills, knowledge and ability in general laboratory animal techniques, clinical, surgical and anesthesia techniques, and special diagnostic procedures related to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease in laboratory animals in a university environment.
· Knowledge of the animal welfare laws and regulations, vivarium methodology, biomedical techniques for teaching and research for a variety of laboratory animal species.
· Highly developed interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders (university leadership, faculty, administrators, technical staff, and oversight agencies), including excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
· Experience in successfully managing an AAALAC accredited animal care and use program in an academic environment is required. Experience serving AAALAC in a voluntary or professional basis would be beneficial.
· Excellent management and interpersonal skills, including budget preparation and management, personnel management, demonstrated ability to recruit, hire and train new faculty and staff and an ability to motivate and retain faculty and professional staff.
· The ability to use astute judgment, think strategically, analyze logically, and cogently and persuasively present summaries and recommendations.
· The ability to mentor and develop faculty and staff that features diverse levels of expertise using a supportive and collaborative approach: delegate tasks and authority; assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.
· A passion for the highest animal welfare standards in scientific research and education.
· A willingness to promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
· A proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization, results oriented.
· The ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker.
The AV/ULAM Director will hold a faculty appointment in the Medical School with a rank commensurate with the candidate's credentials and qualifications.
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