Pfizer Principal Scientist, Clinical Veterinarian in Groton, Connecticut
To support Comparative Medicine by delivering high quality clinical veterinary medicine and surgery throughout the animal facilities. There is regular interaction with colleagues fulfilling the key regulatory responsibilities of the applicable local regulations and AAALAC International guidelines. Oversee aspects of veterinary care delegated to veterinary staff through the consultation on minor treatments and interventions.
This role requires refinement of veterinary clinical skills in laboratory animal medicine and the Comparative Medicine discipline with the opportunity to influence a culture for flawless animal care and welfare. There is opportunity to work with WCM colleagues globally. Development of an in-depth understanding of one or more aspects of laboratory animal medicine, e.g. rodent health surveillance, surgery, genetically modified animals or primatology, encouraged. Experience with project teams and working across lines and disciplines can be gained.
Provide high quality veterinary care to diverse species of research animals in support of Pfizer's portfolio. Complete duties delegated by the Attending Veterinarian (AV) for all facilities.
Veterinary direction is provided to veterinary technician staff assigned to the animal facilities.
Support continued compliance by fulfilling the AV responsibilities specified in the applicable local regulations, codes and guidelines.
Review or consult on research animal proposals submitted for IACUC review. Serve on a rotational basis to provide veterinary care coverage on weekends and holidays.
Maintain the relevant sections of the animal care program, SOPs, and training documents to assure the quality of site operations and regulatory compliance.
Interact with in vivo scientists to understand their research needs, engaging them in a flexible and constructive manner to address matters of ethical review with a focus on 3Rs, humane endpoints and adverse effects. Provide input to CM research projects in support of Pfizer's portfolio.
Train colleagues in CM and other Research and Development lines in techniques and principles which promote 3Rs, in particular anesthesia and analgesia as well as reported in the literature and communicated at external meetings.
Support the AV to maintain compliance and to provide advice on regulatory animal health matters, for example import/export of animals and by-products.
Assist in the conduct of internal audits and other inspections and on occasion assist with the evaluation of third party facility inspections and audits by acting as a CM expert.
Consult on animal model development to assist researchers as necessary. Aid in the evaluation of new equipment to facilitate the execution of technical projects.
Actively participate on or lead CM teams.
DVM, VMD; licensed to practice in the US or equivalent required
Board certified by ACLAM or other relevant certification in the US (or equivalent board
Laboratory animal medicine experience with record of increased responsibilities and accomplishments.
Must possess clear understanding of regulations guidance (e.g. USDA, GLP) and AAALAC accreditation standards related to the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing.
In general, a colleague at this level will have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience.
Will be working with a variety of animal species including nonhuman primates
Will be required to serve on a rotational basis to provide veterinary care coverage on weekends and holidays.
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