Oregon Health & Science University

Assistant/Associate Clinical Veterinarian

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

The Assistant/Associate Clinical Veterinarian will provide care for a large (5000) non-human primate colony housed at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. The unit manages a daily caseload including inpatient and outpatient cases, and contributes to other preventive care and research support programs such as weight management, annual and semi-annual examinations, dental prophylaxis, and a wide variety of specific research colonies including all age groups and disease statuses. The unit provides occasional coverage for the Small Lab Animal Unit.

The Assistant/Associate Clinical Veterinarian is primarily responsible for the provision of veterinary care for all NHP on campus at the direction of the supervisor, in conjunction with the rest of the Clinical Medicine Unit, the management of health surveillance and preventative medicine programs, medical protocol development, post-approval monitoring, and review, ensuring facility compliance with NIH and OLAW guidelines, USDA and Animal Welfare regulations, and providing medical or technical assistance and training to research scientists and technicians.

Participation in an on-call rotation, and occasional weekend or offsite duties, is required.

Participation in ongoing educational opportunities for peers, technical staff, primate consortium personnel, and the laboratory animal community as a whole is required.

Required Qualifications

  • D.V.M./V.M.D. degree from a veterinary school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association

  • 1 year hands-on experience caring for animals in a veterinary hospital including 6 months in a clinical position

  • Licensed in the US to practice veterinary medicine

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment

  • Effective organization abilities, advanced interpersonal skills for professional and effective communication with investigators and staff

  • Ability to operate effectively while meeting multiple deadlines and completing projects simultaneously

  • Ability to move unassisted through various animal housing areas located in several separate buildings, indoor and outdoor, and in covered areas that are not environmentally controlled

  • Consistently interact with research investigative staff, supervisors and co-workers, in a positive and constructive manner, to provide research support in a professional manner, and with a service-oriented attitude

  • Use proper techniques to safely perform standard clinical procedures, including accurate calculation of medication dosages

  • Possess sufficient dexterity and manual skills to safely perform (or learn to perform) basic animal handling (using proper techniques)

  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 23 kg (50 lbs), and lift objects weighing approximately 19 kg (42 lbs) to approximately shoulder height

  • Perform work in ABSL2, 2+ and ABLS3 conditions


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience providing clinical care to NHPs

  • Experience with infectious, neurologic, metabolic, or reproductive disease protocols in NHPs; and boarded in a veterinary specialty (e.g. ACLAM)

  • Adequate knowledge of normal physiological parameters, normal growth and development, and typical disease processes for all age groups and research species cared for in order to ascertain an accurate understanding of the patient’s symptoms

  • Knowledge and practice of appropriate Biosafety level 2 & 3 procedures is desirable

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.

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.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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