Oregon Health & Science University

Head Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Training Veterinarian

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Comparative Medicine
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience
Monday - Friday
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.


The duties of this position are in support of educational, research missions, goals and objectives of the University and the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) at the Central and Waterfront Campuses (CWC).  The appointee will oversee and direct clinical and surgical veterinary care to the large population of laboratory animal species in support of colony health and welfare.


Function/Duties of Position

Ensures the provision of veterinary care to all colony animals, development and oversight of preventative medicine programs, assists investigators with animal study model and experimental design development and oversight of medical, surgical and technical support to research scientists. The appointee is also responsible for clinical and didactic mentoring and training veterinary residents and visiting clinical trainees; directs the training of research staff in the humane care and use of research animals; IACUC and IBC membership; and regulatory and protocol compliance in the care and use of research animals. This position directly supervises the veterinary clinical and surgical support staff, including clinical veterinarians and animal/clinical/surgical health technicians and indirect supervision of veterinary residents.


Provides management, mentorship and leadership of the veterinary team and visiting veterinary trainees. Establishes clinical schedules, ensures team proficiency and oversees case management.  Communicates and coordinates veterinary processes within departmental leadership to ensure synergy with departmental workflows.


Responsible for the oversight of clinical and surgical veterinary care of all laboratory animal species housed the OHSU CWC. Clinical veterinary responsibilities include, direction and oversight to the veterinary team for medical and surgical case management, evaluation of new and ongoing clinical cases, ensures animal health facilities are equipped to support care needs in terms of equipment, supplies, workflow and staffing.


Provides veterinary expertise on animal IACUC protocol development to ensure the health needs of study animals, compliance with federal regulatory requirements, OHSU policies and DCM’s processes, guidelines and procedures.  Serves as an active member of the IACUC and IBC; attends and participates in meetings, protocol review and animal facility/laboratory inspections; facilitates communication between research and veterinary care staff; and participates in SOP, guideline and policy development.


Develops and oversees training in the humane care and use of laboratory animals for research staff, including colony management, technical and surgical procedures, anesthesia and species-specific care.


Plays a leadership role in Oregon State Laboratory Animal Medicine Resident Consortium (OSLAMRC) program.  Mentorship, training and oversight of OHSU veterinary residents and OSLAMRC visiting veterinary residents, including establishing resident rotations, active participation in the didactic program, clinical care and supporting residents in meeting their training program requirements.


Participation in a veterinary on-call rotation.

Required Qualifications

Required Education/Certification/Licensure:

  • D.V.M./V.M.D. degree from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited veterinary school
  • Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States
  • ACLAM Board Eligible


Required Experience:

  • At least five years of experience caring for laboratory animals, including surgery, anesthesia and medical care of large and small laboratory animals
  • At least two years of management experience
  • Teaching and training expertise on general principals of humane care and use of laboratory animals
  • Experience with IACUC functions, protocol review, federal regulations and AAALAC standards

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education/Certification/Licensure:

  • ACLAM Board Certification
  • Oregon Veterinary Licensure
  • USDA Accreditation
  • DEA Registration

Preferred Experience:

  • Training experience in technical, anesthesia and surgical skill development.

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.



All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.


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