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VETERINARIAN 3 (Senior Veterinarian)

University of California - Davis
United States, California, Davis
260 Cousteau Place (Show on map)
October 24, 2023

Department Purpose

This position is one of three senior veterinarians that support Campus Veterinary Services (CVS), a unit that provides routine veterinary care and project support for most research and teaching animals on and off campus.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Campus Veterinary Services, provide medical care to research and teaching animals which includes rotating weekend on-calls and performing routine rounds of assigned animal care areas. Provide clinical and preventative health services to a wide variety of species: evaluate project-related clinical cases; perform research project support procedures; and review IACUC protocols. Act on behalf of the Attending Veterinarian (AV) with regards to veterinary oversight of the university animal care program and regulatory compliance. May at times act as AV when designated in the absence of the AV.


Salary Range

$103,500 - $216,500.00 /annual (budgeted salary is: $103,500.00 - 150,000.00 /annual, commensurate with experience)

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Davis, Ca

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Benefits Eligible


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One (1) - month recruitment period. Applicants will be screened on a weekly basis. The position can be filled prior to the removal date.


  • Must be able to walk, crouch, kneel, bend and lift heavy items or animals up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time on hard surfaces (clinic, operating rooms, etc.).
  • Lifting, moving bending involved in the restraint and treatment of laboratory animals.
  • Sit/stand for long periods of time on hard surfaces; for example, during surgery or computer work.


  • Work flexible schedule.
  • Valid CA driver's license required. Position will participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Pull Notice System.
  • Rabies Vaccination and/or titer, annual tuberculosis screening, Measles vaccination and/or titer other titers/vaccinations as recommended by occupational health physician.
  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions.
  • Must be able to perform assigned duties wearing restrictive protective clothing such as respirators and other protective clothing.
  • This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
  • Required to wear protective clothing and respirator in circumstances that require personal protection from infectious diseases and animals.
  • Ability to work on call, on a rotating basis. Incumbent is expected to carry pager/cell phone and provide 24 hour/after-hours veterinary coverage for the Davis and Sacramento Campuses.
  • Perform assigned duties in a Biosafety Level (BSL) 1, 2 or 3 facility where animals including nonhuman primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous diseases such Q Fever, Valley fever, brucellosis, HIV, Herpes B virus and others.
  • Campus Veterinary Service employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.
  • The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles.


Additional Minimum License/Certification:

  • Board certified or eligible for American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) certification boards.
  • USDA endorsement or attainment within 1 year of hire.

Minimum Education/Experience:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from a recognized and accredited school of veterinary medicine; Licensed DVM in a state, with the attainment of CA license within 1 year of employment.
  • Recent experience performing clinical care in a veterinary clinic, experience in a lab animal clinic preferred.
  • Recent experience in clinical medicine as it applies to the diagnosis, surgical procedures, and medical treatment of a wide variety of laboratory animals, nonhuman primates, agricultural species, aquatic species, amphibians, reptiles, and other exotic species.
  • Experience in preventive medicine programs required for laboratory animals, nonhuman primates, agricultural species, aquatic species, amphibians, reptiles and other exotic species including vaccination, parasitology, bacteriology, and virology screening programs.
  • Experience working with large and small laboratory animals including nonhuman primates and exotic species.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Knowledge of institutional, local, state, national and international rules and regulations governing the use and care of laboratory animals (USDA Animal Welfare Act, ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Endangered Species Act, FDA Good Laboratory Practice Regulations, and California Public Health Law).
  • Knowledge of humane care and housing of animals with understanding of standards and guidelines as established by AAALAC International.


Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Experience teaching in a classroom situation, seminar format, and on a one-to-one basis.
  • Experience in conducting presentations at national and international specialty meetings.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Knowledge of gross necropsy procedures and basic histopathology of laboratory animals.
  • Oral and written communication skills to develop procedures/instructions/training documents and to interact with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills for research and technical problems.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

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