• Assoc Veterinarian- Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Yerkes National Primate Resear
    YRK: Vet Med Field Station
    Location : Name
    Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp., Working with radioactive materials or devices.
  • Description

    The Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has an immediate faculty opening for a Clinical (Associate) Veterinarian, with a background and interest in laboratory animal medicine. The successful candidate will join a team of twelve veterinarians in the Yerkes Division of Animal Resources, which is responsible for the care and well-being of a large population of nonhuman primates. The Yerkes National Primate Research Center (YNPRC) is a major biomedical research institution that is rapidly expanding with its main facilities at Emory University and 117 acre Field Station in Lawrenceville. The position will primarily be based at the Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia. YNPRC veterinary staff provides preventative and clinical veterinary care for the nonhuman primate and rodent colony as well as research support to the resident and collaborating scientists in a diverse array of disciplines including immunology, infectious diseases, neuroscience, transplant medicine, imaging, psychobiology and other areas of research. The successful candidate will contribute to a wider range of IACUC, colony management, behavioral management and training activities and participate in the planning, design and or renovation of existing and new animal research facilities. S/he will contribute to the supervision of veterinary technicians and Emory's ACLAM residency training program.


    The ideal candidate will have a DVM/VMD degree from an AVMA accredited institution, be licensed to practice veterinary medicine, and have training or experience in laboratory animal medicine. S/he will also have excellent interpersonal and team building skills and strong written/oral communication skills. ACLAM certification or board eligibility is highly desirable, as are knowledge and hands on experience in surgical and medical procedures in nonhuman primates. Collaborative involvement with investigators is strongly encouraged and prior experience in an academic environment is a plus.  An excellent remuneration package will be offered to the right individual.


    This position is primarily based at the Yerkes Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia, although the individual is part of the overall veterinary department that is based at both the Main Station and Field Station.   The Associate Veterinarian at the Field Station works in collaboration with and reports directly to the Assistant Director of Animal Resoures, Field Station, as well as the Associate Director of Animal Resources. 

    Additional Details


    • Clinical care of all animal species at the Field Station (monkeys and chimpanzees)
    • Surgical intervention and support as necessary
    • Emergency veterinary support on weekday evenings and weekends at the Field Station, on a rotating basis
    • Emergency veterinary support on holidays at both the Main Station and Field Station, on a rotating basis
    • Participation in clinical and pathology rounds
    • Communication with other units (Colony Management, Animal Care, Research Labs, and Behavioral Management) regarding the clinical health and welfare of animals


    Colony Care and Management

    • Participate in bi-monthly colony management meetings
    • Support of the SPF program
    • Management of quarantine animals
    • Processing animals for shipments


    • Provide guidance on protocol development to investigators, including IACUC veterinary consults
    • Collect research sample specimens including rectal and lymph node biopsies, bone marrow and lymph node aspirates, CSF collection,  etc
    • Communication with investigators regarding assigned research animals
    • Support for the Yerkes Imaging Core (PET scans)
    • Initiate and/or collaborate in clinical and laboratory animals medicine research studies, including project design, proposal preparation and publication of findings
    • Prepares case reports, abstracts, posters and platform sessions for presentation at professional meetings



    • Assistance with management of veterinary technician staff
    • Ensure ongoing activities are in compliance with current regulations, institutional SOPs and approved IACUC protocols
    • Opportunities for participation in committees (e.g. IACUC, Safety and Allocation committees)
    • Preparation for and participation in IACUC and USDA inspections at FS, as well as NIH and AAALAC site visits


    Preventative Medicine

    • Preventative health management of monkeys and chimpanzees
    • Participation in routine examinations of monkeys and chimps
    • Participation in assessment of quarantine animals



    • Oversight and training of veterinary technicians, externs, interns and residents
    • Participation in monthly training sessions including primate grand rounds, histopathology rounds, and the journal club
    • Participation informal didactic training of residents and others

    Training of research and animal care staff as needed


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