Primate Info Net Banner Wisconsin PRC Logo

Positions Available


Hiring Organization:
Wa National Primate Research Center/University of Washington

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Under the general direction of the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) Associate Director of the Division of Primate Resources (DPR) the Senior Veterinarian will provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center: Commitment to Research, Teamwork, Accountability, Productivity, Communication

Ensure the optimal veterinary health care of Non-Human Primates (NHPs) at the WaNPRC;
Ensure the University of Washington is in compliance with federal regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), National Institute of Health (NIH), and with accreditation standards of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Lab Animal are (International) (AAALAC); Maintain compliance with all USDA, PHS, AAALAC, UW, and WaNPRC policies and procedures. Support research projects at the WaNPRC by consultation with investigators and oversight of technical research procedures. Support the health of WaNPRC breeding colonies.

Perform preventative medicine including but not limited to: quarantine procedures, dental procedures, review of health records and physiological blood data values of research and colony animals, review of and modification of clinical treatment and research protocols;
Participate in animal health maintenance including but not limited to: surveillance of colony animal health in conjunction with other veterinary clinical staff and colony staff, infectious disease testing, routine physical exams and bio-sample analysis for research and colony animals, dental health examination. Present weekly summary of open clinical cases and follow-up results of closed clinical cases during weekly clinical rounds meetings;
Provide care to sick or injured animals including provision of follow-up care and release from clinical treatment; Maintain clinical records in a custom electronic database, the Animal Research Management System (ARMS);
Perform radiology, ultrasound, endoscopic, and surgical procedures; Provide care for pregnant and neonatal NHPs; Determine and direct use of anesthetic and analgesic agents; Perform sedation and anesthesia with controlled drugs;
Provide guidance to surgical support staff on instrumentation, sanitation practices, surgical suite maintenance; Provide patient peri-operative anesthesia and monitoring as needed; provide and oversee post-operative intensive care, including the use of sedatives, analgesics, and antibiotics
Maintain detailed records regarding individual laboratory animals, e.g., animal health, weights, procedures performed, medications administered, project assignments, etc. within regulatory requirements and WaNPRC guidelines;
Review viral testing records to ensure maintenance of SPF colony status; Monitor progression of AIDS in lentivirus-infected animals, and take appropriate actions to support animal welfare;
Assist investigators with protocol development and study scheduling; Consult with investigators regarding study progression;
Perform research surgeries and procedures, and develop new techniques; Assist with grant preparation and review where applicable.
Provide direct monitoring of clinical cases and present verbal and written reports to the University of Washington Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and Attending Veterinarian.
Provide supervision of veterinary clinical staff members as needed; this position will provide technical direction to the Veterinarian Services, Animal Care, and Research Support staffs. Provide training to veterinary technicians, husbandry staff, students, residents, and visiting scientists;
Conduct clinical research, either independently or collaboratively, to advance knowledge regarding nonhuman primate medicine and research use. Information gained is to be reported in local and national forums and peer reviewed literature.
Participate in continuing education opportunities, including small animal continuing education courses and literature pertaining to nonhuman primates; nonhuman primate related conferences and meetings, specialty practice conferences and inter-department research related lectures and literature.
Provide orientation, training, and refresher training for on-site personnel; Write and review Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); Participate in WaNPRC and UW committees and Primate Center Consortium working groups.
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from a College of Veterinary Medicine that is accredited by the American Veterinary Association or has a certificate issued by the American Veterinary Association?s Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG in progress will be considered), and a license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state; The ability to obtain a license to practice in the state of Washington and National USDA accreditation.
A minimum of three years of clinical and surgical experience with laboratory animals including nonhuman primates, or completed lab animal residency.
It is necessary to have clinical proficiency with primates, a high level of technical skills specific to primates, understanding of animal welfare regulations and an understanding and proficiency in biosafety principles.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Term of Appointment:
100% FTE

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled


Contact Information:
UW Hires
Box 357330
Seattle, WA 98105

Telephone Number:


E-mail Address:

Questions and Comments

Questions about a specific job listing should be directed to the contact person listed for that job. Questions and comments about using the Primate-Jobs web site can be directed to Joe Kemnitz at