The Compliance Veterinarian supports both the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at the University of Minnesota in maintaining an exemplary animal care and use program by reviewing compliance applications/protocols, and participates in post-approval monitoring and observation and training for investigators on animal-related procedures. The position reports operationally to the IACUC Director but will also have a significant portion of responsibilities reporting to the IBC Director and the Attending Veterinarian. The successful Compliance Veterinarian will be detail-oriented, work independently, and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The Compliance Veterinarian will interact with faculty and their staff as well as personnel from numerous University units including: IACUC, OBAO, RAR, HSRM, and the BSL3 Program. The Compliance Veterinarian will also be expected to foster external connections to other institutions and compliance organizations for professional assistance and development.
This position requires a collaborative working relationship with the Attending Veterinarian (AV) and Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarians:
Report issues to the AV that need to be addressed clinically and programmatically.
Meet with clinical veterinarians on a consistent basis to understand current compliance issues.
Keep to date with the current recommendations for surgical and medical treatment of research species.
Collaborate with clinical veterinarians regarding specific procedures, techniques, or other clinical needs to understand when researchers are deficient.
Maintain a collaborative and collegial relationship with the clinical veterinary team.
This position is a 100% appointment with the flexibility to work up to four days remotely, with approximately one day in the office or visiting laboratories per week. The majority of site visits are on the UMN Twin Cities campus, but occasional travel to other facilities is required. The IACUC office management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
65% Veterinary Review of IACUC Protocols
Review IACUC protocols (new submissions, renewals, amendments) across a broad range of animal models and research paradigms and provide recommendations to maintain compliance, enhance animal welfare, improve study design, and assure procedures are in alignment with institutional policies, SOPs, and practices.
Enter comments and review investigator responses in electronic protocol system (eProtocol).
Attend and participate in IACUC meetings to discuss protocols and other IACUC topics.
Assist with review and updating of policies and SOPs related to use of animals.
15% IACUC Post Approval Monitoring and Training
Participate in post approval monitoring of approved IACUC research activities to ensure compliance with IACUC protocols and all applicable policies.
Observe and provide feedback on procedures performed by investigators.
Provide training/retraining to investigators to improve technique.
Correspond with investigators and staff to communicate findings and recommendations.
15% Veterinary Review for Biosafety
Review IBC protocols involving animal use for compliance to federal guidelines and best practices for biosafety (NIH Guidelines, BMBL).
Work with administrative offices to provide investigator feedback for congruency between related IBC and IACUC applications.
Attend and participate in IBC meetings.
Attend and participate in BSL3 Advisory Committee (BAC) meetings.
Assess and update policies and facility SOPs related to use of animals and biosafety compliance requirements set by the IBC.
5% Other Animal Use and IBC Compliance
Inspect animal use areas for facility and equipment containment requirements according to federal guidelines and best practices (NIH Guidelines, BMBL).
Track animal use facilities for IBC compliance needs.
Train RAR veterinarians and fellows as needed in IBC compliance responsibilities.
About the Department
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews research, teaching, and display projects involving University of Minnesota-owned animals, ensuring that the work performed meets the regulatory expectations of the Institution and state and federal regulatory agencies. The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the review of research or teaching activities involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, infectious agents, and biologically-derived toxins as described in University of Minnesota policies. The IBC is administratively supported by the Office of Biotechnology Activities Oversight (OBAO). Both the IACUC and IBC/OBAO are within the Research and Innovation Office.
Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
University HSA contributions
Disability and employer-paid life insurance
Employee wellbeing program
Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please visit https://hr.umn.edu/Jobs/Find-Job, search for Job ID 359580, click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
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NOTE: This position is also posted under Job Opening ID 359583 with different qualifications.
If interested, please visit Job Opening 359583 at https://hr.umn.edu/Jobs/Find-Job.
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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary school, or certification of veterinary training through programs such as ECFVG and PAVE.
At least four years of experience or at least one year of research training.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and ability to initiate and compose correspondence to investigators and to produce accurate written records.
Strong organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Two or more years of specific experience or training in the field of laboratory animal medicine.
Experience with a variety of animal species and research models.
Experience working in a large and complex academic institution with multiple stakeholders.
Working knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing the use of animals in research, AAALAC-accreditation, animal biological safety and containment guidelines, and important industry guidelines (e.g. Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Ag Guide, NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, Occupational Health, etc.)
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and the Google suite of on-line applications
Familiar with PowerPoint.
NOTE: This position is also posted under Job Opening ID 359583 with different qualifications.
A current Tetanus vaccine is required.
An annual Tuberculosis screening is required.
An annual Influenza vaccine is required.
A protective measles titer is required or measles vaccination (if never vaccinated) or booster (if titer does not convey protection) is required.
A rabies vaccine or titer is offered unless the employee wishes to fill out a declination form.
Powered Air Purifying Respirator or N95 Masks and associated Respiratory Protection Program clearance may be required when working in certain environments and conditions.
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