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HCSS Sr. Biocontainment Veterinarian

Company: University of Texas Medical Branch
Location: Galveston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:



To provide advanced veterinary care for many species of research animals through disease prevention, surgery, clinical care, and health monitoring and quality assurance measures primarily in a biocontainment setting.


This position has a broad impact on the School of Medicine and the GNL through direct care for research animals, particularly those maintained under biocontainment conditions.


  • Directs activities of the Animal Resources Center (ARC) veterinary team in biocontainment facilities. Participates in and actively supports team management in the ARC. Trains ARC personnel in biocontainment activities.
  • Contributes to the business and financial management of veterinary clinical operations of the Animal Resources Center.
  • Advises and mentors professional clinical veterinary staff and plans training and staff development activities.
  • Provides direction to veterinary technicians. Performs or assists investigators with surgery and monitors pre-and post-operative care.
  • Along with veterinary technical staff, responsible for daily clinical rounds to monitor health of UTMB animals, especially animals in biocontainment. Provides clinical care of research animals as appropriate.
  • Consults with researchers on protocol development and selection of appropriate animal models.
  • Monitors compliance of animal care and use with federal and state regulations. Consults with the ARC and researchers on regulatory issues. Performs semi-annual inspections and husbandry inspections for the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) as required.
  • Assists with the ARC cost accounting system for effective cost recovery of clinical operations through approved schedule of charges.
  • Analyzes and evaluates available data and makes appropriate recommendations to ARC Executive Director.
  • Works with other ARC leadership to monitor space utilization, staffing needs, and contributes in facility renovation activities.
  • Identifies appropriate internal controls for department; provides mechanisms to monitor and enforce compliance.
  • Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.


  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Expert knowledge of laboratory research animal care and use regulations, laws, policies and procedures, and research protocol procedures in order to serve as a consultant to the UTMB ACUC.
  • Working knowledge (in addition to veterinary sciences) of interdisciplinary scientific fields common to the UTMB research community including biological safety principles and practices associated with UTMB biocontainment facilities in order to consult/collaborate with, or advise, UTMB scientists.
  • Ability to communicate scientific and technical information orally in order to collaborate with scientists and managers from UTMB and other collaborating scientific institutions.
  • Ability to communicate scientific and technical information orally and with training aides as necessary in order to train Animal Resources Center personnel in veterinary and animal care activities conducted under biocontainment conditions.
  • Ability to communicate scientific and technical information in writing in order to write and edit technical reports, manuscripts and operating procedures.


Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Degree (DVM or VMD) and six (6) years of Veterinary experience working with laboratory animals, including two years of experience in a biocontainment facility.


Received: Executive Director / Attending Veterinarian, Animal Resources Center

Given: Clinical Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians


Direct: N/A; however, there is required participation in submission of budget items related to veterinary surgery and clinical support.

Indirect: N/A


Decisions within UTMB-ARC scope of veterinary animal care and use facility.


Standard office, laboratory, and veterinary, and biocontainment equipment.


Standard veterinary care and biocontainment environment at UTMB's main campus.


Specific job requirements or physical location of some positions allocated to this classification, may render this position security sensitive, and thereby subject to the provisions of Section 51.215, Texas Education Code.


  • Hiring Range: 84.14

Keywords: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston , HCSS Sr. Biocontainment Veterinarian, Other , Galveston, Texas

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