Training/Research Veterinarian

Clearance Level
San Antonio, Texas

REQ#: RQ93103

Travel Required: None
Public Trust: NACLC (T3)
Requisition Type: Pipeline

GDIT s military health team is HIRING a Training/Research Veterinarian to support the 59th Medical Wing (MDW), located at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The 59th Medical Wing Science and Technology (ST) office advises and conducts clinical and translational research on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the Air Expeditionary Force and the health of Air Force (AF) personnel and beneficiaries. In order to support the required research, ST offices conduct translational research in the areas of emergency medical care, combat casualty care, force health protection, restorative medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine and specialty centers.

Learn more about the 59th MDW HERE

What Youll Be Doing:

  • Primary responsibility is to be the attending veterinarian for EMEDs field training course involving the use of live patient models. 
  • Also works in conjunction with Chief, Attending Veterinarian at the Clinical Investigations Facility overseeing training and research protocols. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of animal care from delivery to training site through pre-operative prep, intubation, training scenarios, euthanasia and post mortem prep for medical waste.
  • Responsible to prepare the Live Patient Model (LPM) for operative procedures, remain and monitor the LPM throughout the entire training scenario. 
  • Ensures LPMs are properly euthanized at the completion of training. Monitors airway and medical anesthesia during training, ensuring assigned personnel are meeting airway and anesthesia requirement of the LPM.
  • Once the training scenario begins, if students have difficulty with anesthesia or airway tasks/procedures or administering medications, the veterinarian will step in and assist the students to ensure the LPM’s needs are met.
  • Primary LPMs being utilized are swine, but may be subject to change.
  • Provides medical services in support of the healthcare of research and training animals to include but not limited to swine, sheep, goats, rats, mice and rabbits.
  • Prescribes medications, establishes and administers treatment plans, and performs surgeries on animals when required in accordance with approved protocols and local policy guidelines.
  • Evaluates and recommends animal care and use procedures for protocols to ensure compliance with veterinary standards and statutory requirements. Trains research staff in humane methods of performing surgery and restraining animals.
  • Conducts training in proper use of anesthetics and analgesics. Diagnoses and treats LPMs administering therapeutics, vaccinations and euthanasia agents.
  • Evaluates lab animals including nutritional requirements, environmental needs and disease risks.
  • Educates researchers and technicians in the differing needs of the various species used in research so that they may minimize any deviations from what the animals would typically experience under normal conditions. Completes continuing education training as required to maintain a current/up-to-date Veterinary License. Acts as consulting Laboratory Animal Medical Officer to the 59th Medical Wing Institution Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Reviews animal research and live tissue training protocols for animal welfare, animal care, and scientific integrity.  Works closely with attending veterinarian to ensure all aspects related to animal welfare and care meet all DoD and Federal requirements.
  • Works with investigators to design live tissue research or training protocols, ensuring all aspects of the research or training meet regulatory requirements. 
  • Suggests strategies to meet research and training goals.  Insures scientific merit of protocols submitted to the 59th Medical Wing Consults on all animal procedures, training investigators and staff on correct protocols to follow when surgical intervention and treatment protocols are used in research or Live tissue training protocols.
  • Conducts Audits of research and/or training protocols to insure investigators are staying within procedures authorized by the Animal Care and Use Committee and reports all violations and/or deviations to the Institution Animal Care and Use Committee as well as to the 59th Medical Wing Institution Official.
  • Works with the Attending Veterinarian and the IACUC to review submitted protocols to make sure all aspects of the research are appropriately planned and reviewed with research support staff and all procedures required for the research or training protocol are properly documented. 
  • Reviews audit plans to insure proper compliance with divisions operating instructions.
  • Acts as primary or secondary reviewer of all DoD and Federal Policies, suggesting edits or changes in regulatory language to the Institution Official for communication back to Air Force and Defense Health Agency Headquarters. 
  • Works with Laboratory Animal Medical Officer to ensure all new policies are implemented according to higher headquarters directives and collaborates on plans to insure all directives are properly followed in the facility. Provides after-hours and weekend care as required

What Youll Need (required):

  • Must have a current Veterinary License to practice in the state of Texas.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from an Accredited College of Veterinary Medicine. Board Certification in Lab Animal Medicine.
  • 5+ years of experience working with animals in a training and research setting.
  • 10+ years of experience in a research facility accredited by AAALAC(i) with extensive knowledge in all DoD and Federal regulatory requirements.
  • The veterinarian should have experience in dealing with various swine breeds and understand the care and use of these breeds.  Other species may be used and the veterinarian should be familiar with the care and use of breeds normally used in a training and research setting, These species include but are not limited to swine, sheep, goats, rats, mice, and rabbits.
  • Understanding of federal regulations dealing with the care and use of animals in research and training. Knowledge of scientific methodology, including, methods of searching literature data bases, proper design of a research or training protocol, correct conduct of studies, proper methods to collect data and appropriate data analysis techniques.
  • Must have a current DEA license for prescribing controlled/compounded drugs
  • Ability to teach/train/mentor researchers, technicians, IACUC members, students and others in proper humane care and treatment of animals, performance of valid research, proper data analysis and publication of results.
  • The Contractor Personnel shall have and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.


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