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Laboratory Animal Veterinarian

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Animal Health Care Section, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

The Animal Health Care Section (AHCS) of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is recruiting for the position of Laboratory Animal Veterinarian.  The AHCS is responsible for all aspects of the care and use of laboratory animals in the intramural research programs of the NINDS, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), as well as animals from seven other NIH institutes housed in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center. AHCS operates two animal facilities on the NIH Bethesda campus and is staffed by six veterinarians (three American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine [ACLAM] diplomates) and ten veterinary technicians. NIH and NINDS animal programs are AAALAC-accredited. 


The applicant must be a U.S. citizen with a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA-accredited school or college of veterinary medicine and must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state in the U.S.A.  The successful applicant will preferably have training and experience in the practice of laboratory animal medicine.  ACLAM board certification or eligibility is highly desired.  Duties include: provision of clinical care to rodent and (New World) nonhuman primate models used in neurologic, auditory, behavioral and pain research; training of vivarium staff and investigative personnel; review of proposed animal studies; participation in the planning and implementation of an extensive animal health surveillance program; and contribution to the ongoing evaluation and refinement of the NINDS/NIDCD/NCCIH animal care and use program.  The successful applicant will have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as be an integral team player.
For a veterinarian with a commitment to the highest standards of animal care and use, this position offers a salary commensurate with the incumbent’s experience, qualifications and a full package of federal benefits (including vacation, retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan participation, etc.).

To Apply:

Application review will begin June 1, 2021 and proceed until a successful candidate is recruited.  Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae including three references with contact information, and a letter summarizing their qualifications and career goals to Dr. Crystal Thomas (   
DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.  All employees are subject to a background investigation.