Veterinary Associate (NCI)

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The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.


The Veterinary Associate will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the Animal Program Veterinarians:

  • Clinical observation and treatment of animals and quality assurance of animal care and use
  • Performing a variety of technical procedures involving animals including basic animal handling, surgery, injections, gavage, and bleeding techniques
  • Performing post-approval monitoring (pam)
  • Maintaining essential drugs and supply inventory
  • Maintenance of anesthesia equipment
  • Developing new or evaluating and modifying existing standard operation procedures
  • Serving as technical and clinical backup in the absence of the attending veterinarian including rotating weekend on-call schedule
  • Conducting or participation in training programs for animal husbandry, technical and scientific staff
  • Participation in ACUC facility inspections
  • Interfacing and communicating regularly with facility technical, veterinary and lead scientific personnel regarding animal health issues
  • Management of individual or group AALAS certification classes and examinations
  • SOP and technical training of investigative and LASP staff



To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research or laboratory animal science. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • In addition to the educational requirements, a minimum of four (4) years of related biomedical or laboratory animal science experience is required
  • Extensive experience in laboratory animal science techniques related to animal-based research including: sterile procedures, safety procedures, instrument use, anesthesia and euthanasia techniques, commonly used medications for treating rodent health issues
  • Knowledge of applicable policies, guidelines and regulations that govern the care, use and welfare of animals in biomedical research
  • Ability to function independently in an animal facility and exercise judgment in evaluating animal health issues
  • Ability to perform quality assurance of technical procedures and husbandry issues
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to utilize database and websites to track training and health records
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Expected Competencies:

  • Excellent observational, interpersonal, organizational skills

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