Pfizer Research Support, Comprative Medicine in La Jolla, California

This role will be responsible for providing direct technical support to partners in Research and Development in the delivery of projects by the completion of experiments, procedures, protocols or studies involving animal models. To support Comparative Medicine's Clinical Veterinarians to deliver high quality clinical and surgical support. Provide veterinary care through consultations on treatments and procedures. To assist in training other colleagues in the efficient conduct of techniques and therefore contribute significantly to the advancement of 3Rs. Perform all regulatory responsibilities in compliance with applicable local and/or global regulatory standards. All duties require minimal supervision.

Role Responsibilities

  • Support the project teams in both Research and Development by performing technical procedures in the conduct of experiments and protocols and by collecting, recording, and exporting data in the delivery of studies.

  • Interact with the key in-vivo contacts in project teams to understand their needs, engaging them in a flexible and constructive manner.

  • Assists with the scheduling and approving of requests for research support.

  • Set a workplace standard through leading by example, showing mastery of all SOP's, regulatory guidelines and Pfizer policies. Exemplify work-place standards, positive habits and behaviors to co-workers.

  • Contribute to operational excellence notably by the collection of metrics showing the efficient delivery of support across project teams, including alignment with colleagues in CM in the delivery of technical support and its associated metrics when required.

  • Mentoring of colleagues in CM and other Research lines in the efficient and refined conduct of technical procedures and therefore contribute significantly to the 3Rs.

  • Assists the veterinary staff in identifying and treating of colony animals. This may include identifying adverse outcomes in the course of experimental support or surgery, initiating health records, and performing health checks of colony rooms as requested.

  • Assists in the operational functions of the vivarium, including providing back up/weekend support as well as serving as a contact for supply inventory and stocking.

  • Maintains appropriate records in compliance with regulatory and departmental standards, this may include maintaining animal study related records.

May be required to work under one of the following: the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-3 years' experience working in a pharmaceutical or laboratory vivarium

  • Previous experience with in-vivo technical procedures

  • Experience collecting accurate data, recording and exporting data as needed

  • Demonstrated experience overseeing animal colonies and identifying ailments to bring to veterinarian teams attention

  • Familiarity with AAALAC accreditation standards and good clinical laboratory practices


Will have to work weekends on regular occasion, may have to work one weekend day as part of standard schedule.

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