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Executive Director/Attending Veterinarian

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Executive Director/Attending Veterinarian

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with education and experience.

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, additional hours as necessary to meet all obligatory deadlines.

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services

About the Department

Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS) has administrative responsibility for all sponsored contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements awarded to the University, which currently includes more than 3,000 awards totaling approximately $400 million annually. SPARCS facilitates the submission of proposals and the negotiation of sponsored agreements for funding to NC State University. SPARCS also administers internally and externally funded projects, negotiate other types of agreements, and is responsible for subaward administration. This includes all aspects of externally sponsored research and scholarship, from pre-award management to non-fiscal post award management.

Essential Job Duties

The University Attending Veterinarian is responsible for overseeing compliance with federal regulations related to the well-being and clinical care of all animals used in research, testing, teaching, and production, currently across 5 colleges. This responsibility extends to monitoring and promoting animal well-being at all times during animal use, and during all phases of the animal’s life. It is expected that the program of veterinary care will uphold the highest standards of care and ethics. Moreover, the attending veterinarian must have sufficient authority, as provided by the institution, to treat an animal and institute appropriate measures to relieve severe pain or distress, including euthanasia and to direct action to ensure all personnel working with university animals and non-university animals covered by federal animal care and use regulations are fully compliant.

Key Duties:
  1. Oversees all aspects of the University’s Veterinary care program for animals used in research, teaching, testing and production, such as preventative medicine and health surveillance, medical treatment, establishment of sedation, anesthetic and analgesic guidelines, handling and immobilization, and should have oversight of other related aspects such as housing and husbandry.
  2. Responsible for the University’s compliance with relevant federal and state regulations and laws related to the well-being and clinical care of animals used in research, teaching, testing and production. 
  3. Review and approve all standard operating procedures related to animal care and use used by over 25 animal facilities, PI managed spaces and teaching units.
  4. Serves as the Attending Veterinarian on the NC State Institutional Animal Care and Use committee (IACUC) and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). Ensures compliance and quality in line with the expectations of accrediting bodies such as AAALAC, regulatory authorities at the national (USDA) and local bodies, university compliance and ethics.
  5. Support and assist investigators in protocol and animal model development, advising them in experimental design regarding animal welfare and adequate veterinary care issues for successful research outcomes.
  6. Design and Implement a formal training program for faculty and staff involved in all animal care and use and provide procedural training to research labs.
  7. Provides strategic input to the Institutional Official on the current and evolving state of the veterinary care program to ensure that program needs are met and appropriate resources are allocated.
  8. Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and NC State and UNC System regulations, laws and policies as they presently exist and as they change or are modified. Other related duties as assigned. Participates in national and international meetings and serves as a subject matter expert in the field on behalf of the University.
  9. Support formal/informal instruction to veterinary students, including the Laboratory Animal Residency Program.
  10. Participate in On Call rotation.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent and a license to practice in at least one state within the United States. If degree not attained in the U.S., a certificate (e.g., Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)) of equivalent training accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is required.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Expert in all Federal Regulations related to the well-being and clinical care of animals used in research, testing, teaching and production.
  • Experience in laboratory animal medicine oversight which includes institutional veterinary research (academic, industrial or government), including experience in agricultural teaching settings for undergraduate and CVM programs.
  • Significant experience developing, leading, and managing a diverse AAALAC accredited program encompassing agricultural, laboratory, biomedical, companion, fish, and wildlife species.
  • Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships.
  • Proven ability to effectively organize and prioritize conflicting priorities, meet deadlines, and be a “change” agent to adopt new practices and procedures.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality with discretion.
  • Results driven, accepts and acts on all forms of feedback to effect change.
  • Demonstrates patience, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
  • Demonstrated success working with and providing leadership for a diverse and geographically dispersed team
  • PhD or Masters in a field of biomedical research

Required License(s) or Certification(s)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent and a license to practice in at least one state within the United States. If degree not attained in the U.S., a certificate (e.g., Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)) of equivalent training accepted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is required.

Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

060101 - Office of Research & Innovation (ORI)


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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