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#118958 Executive Director/ Campus Veterinarian

Extended Review Date: Sun 11/20/2022

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Recognized as one of the top 10 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Best practices, best people at the best place to work! Our team is looking to add an extremely creative individual as the next Executive Director/Campus Veterinarian. If you are a strategic leader with an innovative mind, we want you!

Initial Review Date: 11/04/22


The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) organization supports, facilitates and promotes the world-class research enterprise at UC San Diego by a) providing essential services and resources that enhance research and other creative endeavors, b) enabling partnerships and collaborations among researchers at UC San Diego and between UC San Diego and government, industry and other research enterprises, c) developing infrastructure and policy that promote innovation, an entrepreneurial culture, communication, and compliance for the UC San Diego research enterprise, and d) promoting research excellence by embedding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion at the core of everything we do.

The UC San Diego Animal Care Program (ACP) is dedicated to the advancement of human and animal health and basic and applied science through its support of research, teaching, and training, while ensuring humane animal care. Reporting to the VCR, the ACP is responsible for all in vivo research across responsibilities span throughout UC San Diego, including General Campus, Health Sciences and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Additionally, ACP partners inter-institutionally to facilitate research at the regional, national, and international levels.

At UC San Diego, the Animal Care Program is responsible for in-vivo based research efforts. Roughly $300M of the $1.5B annual research portfolio incorporates in-vivo (animal) based research with activities including cutting edge investigations into the most critical health issues such as cancer, neurodegenerative, metabolic and infectious diseases. These efforts involve approximately 5,000 research personnel and over 347,000 animals from among 30 species dispersed throughout 47 separate areas. ACP maintains approximately 175 employees, some of whom are represented by 4 distinct bargaining units. ACP's annual budget is approximately $20 million.


The Executive Director/Campus Veterinarian (ED) functions as a strategic leader with full oversight for all animal clinic and animal research services, including attendant operational, fiscal and facilities issues. Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor of Research, the ED is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, and is appointed to multiple campus and system & campus-wide advisory groups. They advise the Vice Chancellor and coordinate with other senior campus officials on all matters of interest to the Vice Chancellor, including policy, compliance, confidential and sensitive issues for the VCR; and develops solutions to a wide range of issues in all areas of campus in-vivo research operations.

Under general guidance of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, the ED has authority over all activities relating to the care and use of animals at UC San Diego. The ED works collaboratively with the IACUC and Office of Research Affairs to ensure that UC San Diego maintains an outstanding animal research enterprise. The ED directs Animal Care Program operations to assure effective animal research at UC San Diego including animal health care and husbandry, in accordance with governmental and University policies & procedures. They participate in animal research modeling and postgraduate training, and the comparative medicine program as a non-salaried faculty appointment in an appropriate department of UC San Diego. The ED promotes campus wide integration of all animal use activities to ensure effective implementation of standards of animal care and health, and oversees and approves standards for all animal husbandry and animal facilities at UC San Diego.

They provide oversight and management of animal research space, including participation in the development and design of new, and renovation of existing, animal research facilities and vivaria. The ED allocates animal species among husbandry units according to faculty needs and economic factors, and implements changes in housing and husbandry methods to meet the special demands of research models. The ED interacts with the University community to identify methods for providing veterinary and husbandry needs, and maintains relationships with the Directors of other Animal Care Programs, and affiliates with professional organizations to integrate progressive standards of animal care at UC San Diego. They maintain and nurture productive and positive relationships with local, state, and national regulatory and humane organizations, and acts as an advisor on animal health/husbandry issues to the UC administrative and academic leadership.


  • Thorough knowledge of veterinary surgery, medicine, and anesthesia and animal resource management in a large institutional research environment as demonstrated by at least five (5) years experience in a large scale program, or equivalent.

  • Extensive leadership and management experience in private practice, academic or similar setting, directing employees and maintaining a positive, collaborative, collegial, and efficient work environment.

  • Extensive experience supervising a variety of personnel performing animal health care functions including professionals and technicians performing patient care and diagnostic procedures. Ability to promote team building and manage a multi-functional unit.

  • Comprehensive understanding of the regulatory, political, and legislative environment effecting research and training involving animal subjects.

  • Broad knowledge and experience with a wide variety of domestic, laboratory, and wildlife animal species, especially colonies of laboratory rodents

  • Thorough knowledge of animal disease hazards and control measures to protect all employees.

  • Requires extensive knowledge associated with conducting examinations, prescribing and administering treatments, and advising owners and handlers.

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills with a diverse group of people including clients, clinicians or research staff, referring veterinarians, students, regulatory and community agencies, and staff in regards to the veterinary care of animals. Strong skills to synthesize, convey and explain information at all levels of the organization. Effective public speaking ability.

  • Demonstrated advanced, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, negotiation, conflict resolution and mediation skills. Innovative financial and analytical abilities.

  • Proven leadership ability to develop new policies and procedures, plan for campus growth, and promote a positive and collaborative work environment within UC San Diego and the University of California. Sophisticated leadership abilities to establish department mission and goals and to motivate and influence others to achieve. Team building and leadership skills to foster and promote a service-oriented team environment and to bring about consensus on sensitive issues.

  • Doctoral degree (D.V.M. / V.M.D.) from veterinary school that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Associate, or equivalent degree. Minimum five (5) years progressive leadership experience in the field of laboratory animal medicine or equivalent experience.

  • Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of California. Veterinary licensure and veterinary accreditation with the USDA, or satisfactory completion within 6-12 months from hire.

  • Extensive industry experience and track record of positive relationships with industry leaders and organizations and provision of veterinary services to these industries.

  • Experience related to technology development, transfer and project management.

  • Ability to establish metrics for the organization, and employee goals which measure effectiveness of contributions to efficient operations.

  • Highly sophisticated skills in strategy development, systems planning and change management.


Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine


Must maintain veterinary licensure and veterinary accreditation with the USDA. Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine is preferred.

Must be available to work occasional evenings, weekends and holidays, as needed, to cover on call duty including veterinary medical support, special events, programmatic needs and emergencies. Occasional domestic travel is expected. Attendance at local off site facilities, meetings and events is required. Must have access to reliable transportation.

Must pass DOJ/FBI and DMV checks as required.

Appropriately handle confidential information with commercial, COI and UC San Diego Brand implications

Job offer is contingent on satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Pre-employment physical is required.

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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