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Director, Office of Animal Resources, Institutional Veterinarian

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Director of the Office of Animal Resources (OAR) and Institutional Veterinarian interacts extensively with all University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) animal researchers. The Director oversees the University of Animal Care and Use Program. They provide educational materials and training for scientists on the use of animals in research, including compliance with animal welfare regulations, and procedures and policies of CU Boulder, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and OAR. The Director also plays a strong role in collaboration with CU Boulder scientists and in programmatic development, with exploration of opportunities to enhance animal welfare and research productivity through opportunities in comparative medicine. 
The Director guides research animal use and oversees daily direct clinical and husbandry management. They have oversight of the health and welfare of a variety of animals used in research and teaching for campus. They assure current guidelines and SOPs reflect contemporary practices for all animal related procedures and address the prompt management of health issues and adverse outcomes involving research animals. They develop program objectives, optimize organizational structure, determine staffing requirements, and are responsible for the OAR's fiscal management and strategic planning, including physical plant requirements.
The Director fully participates in the activities of the IACUC. They also are responsible, in conjunction with the IACUC, for overseeing animal use protocols, in meeting regulatory compliance for the use of animals in research, and for all AAALAC accreditation reviews and site visits.  A major task of the Director is to provide training in appropriate animal care and use, on the selection, acquisition and use of research animals, and actively assist animal researchers, staff, and students.  They work collaboratively with the IACUC office during interactions with AAALAC, USDA, OLAW, DoD and the public. The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and have demonstrated stewardship of animal welfare while simultaneously aiding researchers in maximizing the benefits of their animal research. They serve as chief liaison between research faculty, animal care personnel, and animal use oversight administrators.

Who We Are

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO), previously the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, is focused on creating impact by cultivating and supporting collaboration, transformation, and leadership. At the heart of this focus are the diverse contributions of a wide range of world-class experts, working together in new and innovative ways to accelerate ideas through the entire innovation lifecycle, from idea to impact.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following examples: 
  • Provide veterinary oversight of the CU Boulder Animal Care and Use Program and care for variety of research species. 
  • Manage an OAR staff of ~24 to ensure delivery of high quality husbandry, clinical and research services. Oversees animal health monitoring and quarantine programs.  
  • Assist and direct research and animal care staff training. This includes providing continuing education and career development of OAR staff. 
  • Provide consultation and instruction to researchers in animal care and use including assistance in the design and/or implementation of specialized procedures, behavioral testing and breeding protocols. 
  • Manage institutional policies regarding CU Boulder animal care and facility use, overseeing the monitoring of animal use and adherence to CU Boulder IACUC procedures. 
  • Work with faculty and staff to develop strategic plans for the OAR, including physical plant maintenance, construction, and facility improvement grant applications. This may include working with both CU Boulder Facilities Management and outside contractors to direct the proper and compliant construction of animal housing and research facilities.
  • Collaborate with Facilitates, Institutional Occupational Health Program, and EH&S as it specifically applies to animal use and care. 
  • Oversee the development of performance standards for CU Boulder animal care and use facilities that meet or exceed federal and accreditation requirements.
  • Oversee all operational and financial aspects of the OAR. 
  • Work as a team member in close partnership with the IACUC office and Chair regarding overall animal program and regulatory functions. 
  • Assist and advise Principal Investigators in meeting regulatory requirements of the CU Boulder animal care and use program, including compliance with federal and state regulations and guidelines for the use of animals. 
  • Provide expert advice to faculty and administrative/animal-use staff regarding developments in regulatory compliance for the use of animals in research.  
  • Work with the IACUC on the preparation of documents and correspondence, and in collaboration with the IACUC office and Chair, acts as a liaison for CU Boulder, internal administrators and external regulatory agencies (OLAW, DoD, USDA, AAALAC). 
  • Work with Principal Investigators in the preparation of animal use protocol applications. 
  • Serve as a voting member of the CU Boulder IACUC and assist in review of animal research and teaching proposals, amendments and requests for special care.
  • Collaborate with the IACUC and Office of Information Technology to support animal program enterprise and other software systems.  
  • Provide support, as requested, to other organizations and personnel within the institutional program, to achieve a progressive and functional institutional animal care and use program. 

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Board Certification with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM). 
  • License to practice in at least one state within the US and Colorado eligible. 
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to obtain DEA Registration. 
  • Previous training and/or experience in laboratory animal medicine.
  • Minimum of five years of veterinary and administrative experience in an AAALAC accredited academic setting, including experience serving on an IACUC. 

What You Will Need

  • Working knowledge of the philosophy of research, research design, and research procedures. 
  • Knowledge and experience relevant to the conduct of research and support services for research.
  • Full knowledge of, and experience complying with, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborations and working relationships with a variety of persons, internal and external to the Institution. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Proficiency in clinical health management and procedures. 
  • Working knowledge of animal husbandry requirements, methods, and techniques. 
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel.
  • Working knowledge of animal colony management, behavioral testing and surgical techniques. 
  • Ability to maintain safety and infection control standards. 
  • Leadership skills for effective planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation. 
  • Analytical skills to define problems precisely and identify and combine relevant facts objectively and in perspective. 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work activities of professional and support staff engaged in fulfilling institutional and office objectives. 
  • Ability to work effectively under general direction or guidelines with minimal supervision or instruction. 
  • Knowledge of budgets and cost accounting as related to the NIH Rate Setting Manual.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by May 6, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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