University of Alberta

Enhanced Biocontainment Veterinary Manager

MED Health Sci Lab Animal Serv

Competition No.  -    A104233894
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Health Sciences Laboratory Animal Services (HSLAS) invites applications for a full-time Enhanced Biocontainment Veterinary Manager. Reporting to the Director of HSLAS, the Enhanced Biocontainment Veterinary Manager serves as the operational leader for Containment Level 2 and Containment Level 3 biocontainment facilities and provides animal related services to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. These services include the provision of Veterinary expertise, research services and teaching support, along with leadership and management of Containment Level 2 and Containment Level 3 facilities. This position is responsible for a broad variety of animal species and animal care and welfare in multiple locations to provide direct support of short and long term research activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and overseeing the daily operations of the biocontainment facilities
  • Assists with the maintenance of facility certification/license for the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases (CPPFD) Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Level 2 (TSE2) Research Facility; as well as Containment Level 2 (CL2) facilities including: Katz CL2 Facility; Heritage Medical Research Centre CL2 Facility; Medical Sciences Building CL2 Facility; and Contract Research Facilities operating CL2 facilities
  • Ensures that all in vitro and in vivo research activities are conducted under stringent operational requirements to remain compliant and certified under the relevant Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations and Canadian Food Inspection Agency CL2 and CL3 regulatory requirements
  • Responsible for the provision of veterinary services and expertise for research utilizing animal models to meet university policies and Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) accreditation requirements
  • Maintaining certification and licensure of the Enhanced Biocontainment facilities
  • Serves as a veterinary member of the HSLAS leadership team, including serving on a rotational basis in HSLAS and University veterinary back up and on call duties as required

The successful candidate will hold a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from a recognized school of Veterinary Medicine and be currently licensed to practice unrestricted veterinary medicine in the Province of Alberta by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.  The role requires extensive experience in both the operations and management of Containment Level 2 and Containment Level 3 facilities incorporating both in vitro and in vivo research projects.

Additionally, the successful candidate will:

  • Have a solid understanding of animal care facilities, including regulatory, husbandry and environmental considerations which must be taken into account for each species
  • Be able to interpret relevant legislation, policy, and guidelines (Institutional, Provincial, National and International) and translate this information into advice as needed to all levels of staff and management within the facility
  • Have an ability to build consensus and manage change to implement new processes and technologies
  • Be a strong problem solver, seeking the needed input from specialist knowledge sources and implement those changes
  • Have a track record of establishing and achieving goals to increase organizational effectiveness and customer service
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of guidelines and certification requirements for animal facilities such as those set by the Canadian Council on Animal Care
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the relevant Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations and Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations for Containment Level 2 and Containment Level 3 facilities
  • Have demonstrated experience and aptitude in surgery, anesthesia, and medical management in multiple species along with a solid understanding of research procedures and techniques used in animal research models
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills and be a competent user of information technology including software routinely used in animal facility management

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an end date of one year from the start date, with a possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at, with an annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.