Clinical Veterinarian/Associate Director of Operations or Assistant Director in the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) invites applications for a veterinarian in the position of Clinical Veterinarian/Associate Director of Operations or Assistant Director in the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.

About the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) is administratively centralized with a current staff of 21 members. There are three main animal housing areas on campus comprising approximately 30,000 square feet. DLAM works with the Office of Research Compliance and the IACUC office to manage the Animal Care and Use Program for UAMS. Additionally, DLAM provides veterinary oversight to ACRI (Arkansas Children’s Research Institute), and compliance responsibilities are closely connected between UAMS and ACRI in that they share the same IACUC. ACRI has excellent large animal capabilities and surgery space along with approximately 40,000 sq. feet of additional space for animal housing and research. UAMS has approximately 200 animal use protocols held by about 100 investigators.

UAMS has been continuously AAALAC accredited since 1973 and was recently granted full and continued accreditation following its May 2019 tri-annual site visit. UAMS has an assurance statement with OLAW and is registered with the USDA. UAMS has a strong animal care and use program with shared responsibilities between the compliance office, the IACUC, DLAM and the research community.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Provides clinical care to all campus animals
  • Assists and collaborating with campus investigators on various protocols
  • Assists in directing and supervising the daily operation of DLAM including staffing needs and animal holding room needs
  • Provides surgical and anesthesia skills to the research community
  • Provides emergency care after-hours, weekends, and holidays on a rotating basis
  • Coordinates the health surveillance and quarantine programs
  • Conducts clinical assessment rounds
  • Participates in all IACUC and other committee activities as coordinated by the Director including meeting attendance, protocol review, facility inspections, and program reviews
  • Works with other support entities (i.e. physical plant, OHS, PAM)on campus to insure compliance
  • Responsible for preparation, implementation and continuous review of standard operating procedures
  • Trains researchers and animal care staff in animal handling, sample collection techniques, compound administration, and other biomethodologies
  • Participates in teaching/training responsibilities on campus and at other contract institutions
  • Conducts veterinary consultations on model selection, study design and protocol development
  • Conducts collaborative research and other scholarly activities
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • DVM degree or equivalent from an AVMA-accredited institution
  • Completion of an ACLAM-approved training program or ACLAM board-eligibility.
  • Must meet the University’s requirements for an academic appointment
  • Ability to obtain an Arkansas veterinary license
  • Ability to pass a medical evaluation, which includes receiving medical clearance to wear/use a variety of respiratory protection devices and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Must successfully complete background checks and be eligible for employment in areas governed by the U. S. Patriot Act and the Public Health and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, 42 CFR 73, 7 CFR 331, and 9 CFR 121.

Preferred Professional Experience and Characteristics

  • ACLAM board certification.
  • The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with a diverse audience of students, technicians and professional staff and have proficient computer skills.

Personal Characteristics

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
  • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others
  • Unquestioned personal integrity

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at jtunno@uams.edu. Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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UAMS was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of postsecondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.



About the University

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.