Preclinical Supervisor – Comparative Medicine Services – (21001557)
Comparative Medicine Services (CMS) provides facilities, services, and information to facilitate effective research using laboratory animals at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center (TMC) in Boston, Tufts University in Medford, and industry and academic research laboratories. CMS is also obligated to ensure that animal care procedures and animal experimentation comply with federal, state, and local regulations. The management and operation of the animal care activities of all sites are integral to the animal care and use program. All centralized facilities are located within a 2-block radius, either in Boston or Medford.
The position oversees the management of one of the sections within Preclinical Services, which provides an array of in vivo services to support preclinical and biomedical research to the University, TMC, industry, and academic research laboratories. Preclinical Services provides the facilities and technical assistance needed for research procedures including performing surgery, administration of parenteral or oral agents, blood collection, other in vivo procedures, euthanasia of animals, and collection of tissues. Preclinical Services serves as a resource regarding animal models, analgesics, anesthetics, drugs, and matters of animal anatomy, physiology, nutrition and in vivo research techniques. Independently, or under general supervision of the veterinarian in charge or the CMS Preclinical Services Senior Manager, coordinate the scheduling of the research projects; induce and monitor general anesthesia in laboratory animals; perform surgical procedures; provide technical assistance for in vivo research procedures; provide post-procedural veterinary support; assist investigative staff and/or be the primary study director for experimental procedures, anesthesia, pre-, intra- and postprocedural care and monitoring; and provide nursing services to animals. Additional responsibilities will include protocol assistance, client interaction and consultation, development of study budgets, as well as providing mentorship/collaboration/training to/with internal and external investigators, research staff, and other research technologists and technicians. Actively participates in interdepartmental training and continuing education seminars.
Knowledge and experience typically acquired through Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology, Animal Health Science, or a related field Minimum of 5 years related experience.
AALAS LATG and/or ASR or CVT certifications.
Ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve to support successful animal study execution.
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Strong knowledge and experience in laboratory animal medicine including anesthesia and procedures in a variety of small and large species.
Strong knowledge in the regulations governing animals used in biomedical research.
Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and use of email.
Capable of functioning independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to work effectively and professionally with others.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Weekly Schedule: 40 hours per week plus on-call
Specific Days: Monday-Friday and some weekends
Specific Hours: 7AM-3:30 PM with some early morning and evening hours
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.