University of British Columbia CCM Clinical Veterinarian Full Time in Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Branch Vancouver BC CA

CCM Clinical Veterinarian
Vancouver, BC

Degree in Veterinary Medicine. Experience in veterinary practice for a minimum of three years. Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the Province of…

The CCM Clinical Veterinarian is responsible for providing veterinary care to a diverse group of research animals primarily at the Centre for Comparative Medicine (CCM), reporting to the University Veterinarian in Animal Care Services (ACS). CCM is a multi-species facility specialized in supporting animal research at UBC through surgical support, training, diagnostic and pathology support as well as housing. It is unique to British Columbia and is the largest facility of its kind in Western Canada. The CCM Clinical Veterinarian will be a critical member of the ACS veterinary services team, liaising with researchers, industry partners and their teams. S/he will manage all surgical and specialized technical projects and oversee a team of technicians at CCM. The CCM Clinical Veterinarian is instrumental in ensuring animal welfare and supporting research.

ACS, the largest animal care program in Western Canada and the second largest in Canada, is responsible for providing research support to the animal-based research community associated with the University of British Columbia and its affiliates through its veterinary services team, the compliance team, the procurement team and its facilities. ACS is committed to providing excellence in research support to all UBC researchers with accountability, communication, cooperation, customer service and integrity. ACS reports to the Associate Vice President Research & International.

Organizational Status

Reports to the University Veterinarian. Works closely with the ACS veterinary services team, the Senior Operations Manager of the Centre for Comparative Medicine, the Study Director, the ACS leadership team and other relevant stakeholders. Liaises with researchers, industry partners and their teams.

Work Performed

– Provide clinical support to a diverse group of research animals, including domestic and wild animals primarily at the Centre for Comparative Medicine.
– Manage a team of technicians who oversee and coordinate the technical aspects related to projects with respect to research support for several laboratories and industry partners. Allocate, supervise and coordinate the work of the technical staff for surgical and specialized technical projects, establishing clear definitions of responsibility and workload to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the facility, providing training and evaluation, and leading the recruitment of new staff.
– Acts as a liaison and provide model development, technical consultation, advice and instruction to investigators, users, employees, UBC departments, vendors and other industry professionals in the appropriate use, selection and modification of specialized techniques pertaining to animal care and surgical procedures.
– Facilitates and maintains relationships with internal and external partners.
– Advise faculty and research staff regarding Canadian Council on Animal Care and legal guidelines on the care of research animals and facilities. Ensure program and studies comply with provincial and federal humane legal standards.
– Prepare and maintain a variety of records and operational reports concerning consultations and diagnostic decisions ensuring compliance with applicable CALAM and CCAC guidelines and unit/ institutional policies.
– Practice health management of animal colonies to best practices standards, develop and analyze sentinel programs for laboratory animals, advise on colony management and husbandry practices.
– Develop, review and maintain policies and standard operating procedures.
– Oversee the animal care associated with the use of the Single-photon emission computed tomography device (SPECT) which is a nuclear medicine tomographic imaging apparatus using gamma rays following injection of either a gallium or marker radioisotope.
– Participate in the UBC Animal Care Committee as required, attending meetings, reviewing protocols, supporting the Continuing Review process undertaking facility assessments.
– Assist with training programs for laboratory animal technicians, animal health technicians, research staff and investigators. Keep abreast of new advances in the care and treatment of laboratory animals, animal models, surgical and research techniques utilizing animal models and welfare of laboratory animals.
– Participate and assist in an ongoing effective quality control system for animal research; revise techniques and procedures as required to obtain desired results and meet current standards.
– Be available for evening and weekend rotation of on-call duties.
– Perform other related duties.

Supervision Received

Works independently under the direction of the University Veterinarian.

Supervision Given

Supervises all animal health technicians at CCM as well as providing functional supervision of research technicians and investigators involved in the care and treatment of animals.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Works under professional standards and general guidelines. Errors could affect animal welfare, animal health and jeopardize research outcomes. Errors may also impact the successful operation of ACS and the overall health status of the facilities. Errors in judgment may result in financial loss and damage to credibility of the department and the University.


Degree in Veterinary Medicine. Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the Province of British Columbia. . Experience in veterinary practice for a minimum of three years. Experience in laboratory animal medicine and research methodologies preferred. Supervisory experience required. Working with industry experience preferred. Strong working knowledge of GLP and GDP guidelines preferred.
Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Ability to exercise initiative, judgment, tact and discretion.
Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail.
Ability to evaluate staff performance by establishing standards and goals, providing feedback and taking corrective action.
Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
Sound analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to work toward consensus and resolve differences.
Ability to perform the physical demands of the job (work with high temperature equipment, exposure to animal dander and urinary proteins, perform repetitive tasks, lift 20kg, good manual dexterity and eyesight).
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2015-05-23
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