Augusta University - Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Services

GA, Augusta

The Division of Laboratory Animal Services (DLAS) at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, is seeking an experienced, compassionate and collaborative leader for the position of Director of Laboratory Animal Services to manage a multi-site complex for animal care and use.

Home to four campuses in Augusta and various satellite locations, Augusta University, one of 26 institutions within the University System of Georgia, is at the forefront of groundbreaking research focused on improving and enriching the human experience. The Division of Laboratory Animal Services (DLAS) is the centralized service organization responsible for the procurement, conditioning, routine care and veterinary oversight of animals used in research and teaching. DLAS also maintains a diagnostic laboratory equipped to perform hematology, bacteriology and parasitology testing in support of research and teaching programs. DLAS professional veterinary staff includes an assistant director and a clinical veterinarian who is also a specialist in laboratory animal medicine; and trained Veterinary Technicians who, under the direction of the veterinarians and other scientists, are available to carry out animal treatments, technical procedures and assist in surgery.

The Director will ensure collaboration and integration of laboratory animal resources and support research effort through direction over the Animal Care and Use Program. The Director will serve as the Attending Veterinarian (AV) and as such, will assume the leadership role for implementation of the Animal Care and Use Program and have sufficient authority, as provided by the institution, to treat an animal and institute appropriate measures to relieve pain or distress, including euthanasia. The Director is expected to work collaboratively with the Institutional Official (IO), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), research staff and internal and external regulatory agencies. The Director is responsible for recognizing and maintaining adequate resources to manage the overall program of veterinary care and will supervise the Clinical Veterinary staff to provide clinical care, health surveillance and program oversight. The DLAS Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Basic Science Research at AU. Since the Director also serves as the Attending Veterinarian, there is also a dotted line reporting relationship between the Attending Veterinarian and the IO. This matrix reporting structure is in place to insure that animal program needs can be clearly communicated to the IO in accordance with AAALAC accreditation guidelines.

While all applications will be reviewed, the ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a veterinary license in the USA
  • Be eligible and willing to obtain a Georgia State Veterinary License
  • Have had five or more years’ experience (fiscal and administrative) managing a complex animal care and use program
  • Have strong and demonstrable interpersonal skills

Additional consideration will be given to candidates with a record of accomplishment in residency or equivalent experience in clinical laboratory animal medicine, experience in medicine and research use of experimental animals, surgery and management of rodents and other species of lab animals.

With an emphasis on customer service and a providing high quality animal care and research support in a timely manner while being courteous, professional and responsive to researcher customers, the Director must be highly collaborative and prioritize the welfare of animals and the staff that care for them, while also having the skills and experience to raise external sources of funding in a time of state budget constraints. Vast experience training staff on best practices and analytics and root cause analysis are all high priorities. Facility operation and facility maintenance oversight experience is critical. The Director will be disciplined about implementing critical protocol to maintain compliance during a time of animal research growth and findings. This is an opportunity for an innovative and organized leader to collaborate with an impressive research staff that have the capacity and influence to develop critical medical findings for the future of medicine.

DLAS maintains a centralized animal care program with administrative management of six on-campus and one off-campus animal facilities. The animal facility and use program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), a Registered Research Facility with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA No. 57-R-0002) and has an Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare Assurance number.

Application materials should be submitted to the candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to WittKieffer consultants Mercedes Chacon Vance and Kim Brettschneider at AugustaDirLAS@wittkieffer.com. All nominations and applications shall be confidential.

Augusta University and AU Health System are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. We seek and encourage applicants from underrepresented categories.

Augusta University is an AA/EEO/Equal Access/ADA Employer.