Life Sciences Veterinarian (ADM1308.14)
PAIRE, Inc. - Palo Alto, CA

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The mission of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education, Inc. (PAIRE) is to facilitate research and education activities conducted at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The range of research activities is broad and includes special emphasis on biomedical, health services, rehabilitation engineering, mental health and geriatric research endeavors. We also support various educational instruction or other learning experiences of benefit to employees and veterans.

PAIRE, a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), is seeking a Veterinarian to work within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 21. The individual will serve as a veterinarian in a laboratory program with responsibility to assist with oversight of assaying bacterial and viral biologics produced by licensed firms and proposed for the immunization of livestock, poultry, pets, or other species against diseases. The Veterinarian will provide feedback on research and development protocols, production, and compliance, assist with formulation of uniform laboratory and manufacturing standards for various products, and prepare, purchase, and evaluate assay references and reagents.

This role includes the evaluation of drugs with similar pharmacological activities, evaluation of devices, food, food additives, food contaminants, and other chemicals involved in the diagnosis, and treatment or prevention of specific diseases of animals or other species. The Veterinarian will perform technical reviews of petitions, applications, investigations, supplements, or amendments from manufacturers of drugs, devices, food, food additives, and other chemicals and will provide recommendations and guidance to the organization and the industry.

This is a regular, on call (15 hrs/wk), exempt position.

As a condition of employment, all PAIRE employees are required to have an approved (WOC) appointment with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) before they can commence work.


Organization and Direction of Local Veterinary Medical Unit
  • Responsible for ongoing veterinary care in the Veterinary Medical Unit (VMU), its technical and professional direction, and operation;
  • Provides medical and surgical care for the large number and variety of animal subjects required for the multi-disciplinary program of research. The functional areas of the VMU are administrative areas, quarantine rooms, animal rooms, dietary kitchen, animal research surgical suite (preparation area, operating rooms, intensive care and recovery area), incineration and waste disposal area, sterilizers and wash area for animal equipment, storage areas, necropsy room, diagnostic and medical treatment area. Specialized suites for research requiring the use of animal subjects involving radioisotopes, infectious diseases and biohazardous agents, containment facilities, and environmental suites and chambers;
  • Provides essential, professional, and technical support to the development and conduct of multi-disciplinary investigations requiring the use of animal subjects. This is accomplished through consultation, guidance, training, and advice on comparative biology and medicine, technology, husbandry, medical and surgical care, and the selection, procurement, preparation, and use of laboratory animals;
  • Serves as an expert and provides current and accurate information obtained through local, national, and international contacts with key research scientists, VMOs, investigators, and high-ranking administrative professionals;
  • Consults with VA staff so that a scientifically sound and effective setting is established and maintained at the institution for each activity involving animal subjects;
  • Consults with VA staff so that the research needs of investigators, for various laboratory animal models and test systems, are met and that professional and technical support and services regarding the selection, preparation, medical and surgical care, and use of these animal subjects are available to all research personnel at the facility;
  • Consults with VA staff on a comprehensive disease surveillance program involving research animals housed in the VMU and consults with research investigators and other Laboratory Animal Veterinarians locally, nationally, and internationally regarding the influence of naturally occurring diseases, seemly non-pathogenic organisms, and experimentally induced diseases, as variables in research studies;
  • Consults with VA staff so that diseases or problems of an unusual nature are vigorously pursued;
  • Provides veterinary guidance as necessary to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) with respect to: 1) the selection, preparation, needs, and use of animal subject in research; 2) the effective use of personnel, space, and equipment in the VMU; 3) the functional criteria of designing, redesigning, constructing, and equipping the VMU; and 4) the development of protocols in research involving the use of animal subjects;
  • Consults with Research Administration on the administrative management of the VMU and ensures that the facility abides by all Federal, State, local, and institutional rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in biomedical research;
  • Assists with the quality assurance program within the VMU which includes but is not limited to: a rodent viral/bacterial screen program, tests for appropriate equipment function, an environmental monitoring program for all housing areas, and appropriate sanitation testing;
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Assists Research Administration with supervision of the VMU and provides veterinary guidance and supervision of the Animal Caretaking staff, including biological laboratory animal aides, certified veterinary technicians, research technicians, and animal technician specialists (surgical, pulmonary, renal, cardiovascular, etc.);
  • Provides guidelines on veterinary issues in relation to the activities of researchers and their staff conducted in the VMU.

To qualify for appointment, all applicants must meet the basic education and licensure requirements.
1. Possess a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited by the AVMA Council on Education; or

2. Graduate from a foreign veterinary medical school not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education possessing one of the following:

a) Proof of certification of final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); or

b) Current, permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); or

c) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA - accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduate's final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program or training program (e.g., residency or graduate program); and

d) Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language include:

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE; or

2. Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; or

3. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
1. Possess a current, permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the NAVLE or its predecessors, the NBE and the CCT;

2. An employee who enters this occupation with the basic requirement for licensure, but fails to maintain licensure must be immediately removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee who fails to maintain licensure may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must meet the grade level requirements for the position for which they wish to be considered. Applicants may qualify for each grade level through the attainment of specialized experience, advanced degree, residency or post-graduate training, or board certification as indicated below:
  • Specialized Experience - Specialized experience must demonstrate the ability of the applicant to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required for the position. Only experience gained after completing the basic education requirements described in paragraph 3 and in a biomedical research setting in which Public Health Service Policy and United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act Regulations were applied under the jurisdiction of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is creditable. Experience gained at a pet veterinary clinic with species commonly used in research does not count towards meeting the specialized experience requirements. When calculating the length of specialized experience, applicants are considered to have gained 1 year of experience through the completion of either 12 months or 52 weeks of specialized experience, whichever comes first. Qualifying part-time specialized experience is credited according to its relation to the full-time workweek (i.e., 40 hours). The number of years of specialized experience required for each grade level will follow VA Guidelines.
  • Advanced Degrees - Advanced degrees (i.e., graduate degrees) are creditable towards meeting the qualifications for the GS-12 and GS-13 grade levels. To be creditable, applicants must have earned the advanced degree at an accredited college or school in the area of specialization of laboratory animal medicine, laboratory animal science or in an area directly related to the practice of laboratory animal medicine. The advanced degree must have been earned in addition to the basic education described in paragraph 3 or earned in a dual DVM/graduate degree program. The type of qualifying advanced degrees creditable for each grade level will follow VA Guidelines.
  • Residency and Post-Graduate Training - Residency or post-graduate training in an ACLAM-approved program is creditable towards meeting the grade level requirements. The discipline or specialty of the residency or post-graduate training program must be laboratory animal medicine, laboratory animal science or in an area directly related to the practice of laboratory animal medicine. Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of a residency or post-graduate training program or a level of satisfactory progression in the residency or post-graduate training program. The number of years of residency or post-graduate training required will follow VA Guidelines.
  • Board Certification - Board certification for the laboratory animal medicine specialty is demonstrated by ACLAM Diplomate status. ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable with specialized experience or residency and post-graduate training towards meeting the grade level requirements. ACLAM Diplomate status is awarded to individuals who have completed a rigorous post-graduate training or residency program or who have gained specialized laboratory animal experience. ACLAM Diplomates must also meet publication requirements and pass certifying exams. The certifying exams cover laboratory animal biology, laboratory animal resources management, clinical laboratory animal medicine and surgery, laboratory animal pathology and animal experimentation.
WAIVERS: If after positive recruitment activities there are no acceptable applicants who meet these requirements, the Chief, Research and Development Officer (109P), may authorize a medical center director to recruit otherwise qualified applicants who show evidence of training, experience, and competence to be equally protective of patient health and safety. Requests to initiate broad-based recruitment using a modified standard that meets the requirements of chapter 2, section D, paragraph 9 of this part must be submitted through channels to the Office of Human Resources Management, Recruitment and Placement Policy Service (059).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to safely and efficiently perform the full range of duties of the position without creating hazards to themselves or others. In most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant’s ability to perform the duties of a position.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the other requirements of this qualification standard, applicants must possess the writing, oral communication and interpersonal skills necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. These personal competencies may be evaluated by means of an interview.

All PAIRE positions require the completion of a background check.

Environmental Conditions / Physical Demands:
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens;
  • Potential exposure to radiation;
  • Potential exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals or reagents;
  • Regular exposure to a lab environment.
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