Asst. Veterinary Scientist (Yerkes Main & Field Station)

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Yerkes National Primate Resear
YRK: Vet Med Main 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.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Staff Veterinary Scientist (Yerkes) performs a wide range of clinical and preventative veterinary medical services as needed. Such care will include clinical services to a variety of species. Areas of possible oversight include managed breeding, and clinical, surgical and anesthesia services. The Assistant Staff Veterinary Scientist will provide investigator support through advice and assistance regarding the conduct of animal studies, and will support university committees and activities impacting animal resources (e.g. the IACUC, chemical, radiation and biosafety committees). Teaching responsibilities will include the instruction of veterinary residents, veterinary technicians, animal care technicians, research staff and other necessary parties. The incumbent will assist in the maintenance of proper records and the generation of reports, applications, grants and the like. Expected to show scholarship and service to the university as appropriate. The management of direct or indirect reports may be required and training in the supervision of others is expected. Other duties, services and responsibilities as assigned. Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team in a team science context.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: DVM degree, with 2 years of experience or training in laboratory animal medicine (may include Postdoctoral Residency), and ACLAM board- eligible.


The Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has an immediate faculty opening for a Clinical (Assistant) Veterinarian, with a background and interest in laboratory animal medicine. The successful candidate will join a team of thirteen 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 located at Emory University and 117-acre Field Station in Lawrenceville. The position is split between the Field Station (FS) in Lawrenceville, Georgia and the Main Station (MS) in Atlanta, Georgia. YNPRC veterinary staff provides preventative and clinical veterinary care for the nonhuman primate and rodent colony as well as research support to the residents 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 veterinary residents in 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 and 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 will have responsibilities split between the Main Station in Atlanta, GA and the Yerkes Field Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia, with the week divided between the two sites.   At the Main Station, the Assistant Veterinarian will work in collaboration with and report directly to the Chief of Clinical Operations and at the Field Station; the Assistant Veterinarian will work in collaboration with and reports directly to the Assistant Director of Animal Resources, Field Station, as well as the Associate Director of Animal Resources. 



  • Clinical care of all animal species at the Field Station (monkeys and chimpanzees)
  • Clinical care of all animal species at the Main Station (monkeys, chimpanzees and rodents)
  • Surgical intervention and support as necessary
  • Emergency veterinary support on weekday evenings and weekends at the Field Station and Main 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, Research Services, Pathology) regarding the clinical health and welfare of animals


 Colony Care and Management

  • Participate in bi-monthly Field Station colony management meetings and weekly vet rounds at the Main Center
  • Support of the SPF program
  • Management of quarantine animals
  • Processing animals for shipments
  • Participate in monthly Main Station animal resource management meetings



  • 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 (MRI, PET and CT scans)
  • Initiate and/or collaborate in clinical and laboratory animals medicine research studies, including project design, proposal preparation and publication of findings
  • Prepare case reports, abstracts, posters and platform sessions for presentation at professional meetings
  • Support biocontainment research projects in both NHP and rodent ABSL-3 facilities, including work with COVID-19 animal models



  • 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 Animal Allocation committees)
  • Preparation for and participation in IACUC and USDA inspections at FS and MS, as well as NIH and AAALAC site visits


Preventative Medicine

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



  • Oversight and training of veterinary technicians and externs, veterinary student interns and veterinary residents
  • Participation in monthly training sessions including primate grand rounds, histopathology rounds, and journal club
  • Participation in formal didactic training of residents and others
  • Training of research, veterinary and animal care staff as needed

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