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Director, Division of Veterinary Resources

​Director, Division of Veterinary Resources
Office of Research Services​
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
The Office of Research Services (ORS), Office of Scientific Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Office of the Director (OD), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR), in Bethesda, MD.  DVR is one of the largest animal care and use programs in the Federal government and in the United States.  The mission of the DVR is to contribute to the advancement of NIH biomedical research by providing excellence in animal care and specialized research services to support the NIH Intramural research mission.  The services provided include comprehensive clinical veterinary medicine and animal husbandry, veterinary pathology and microbiology, veterinary surgery and animal imaging, pharmacy, animal behavior, intensive care, nutrition, and a variety of other specialized veterinary services to support the NIH intramural biomedical research community.  DVR is committed to excellence, quality, and continuous improvement in research support.

As Director, Division of Veterinary Resources, the incumbent will:

  • Report to the ORS Associate Director for Scientific Resources and be charged with overseeing the central laboratory animal services of the NIH Intramural Research Program.
  • Oversee a government staff of 57 FTEs which includes 2 doctoral-level personnel, 17 board certified veterinarians, 38 mid-level staff and technical support staff, as well as over 200 contractors.
  • Represent DVR on several trans-NIH committees.
  • Oversee an overall budget of approximately $55 million as well as guide and manage program initiatives and supervise professional staff.

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Oversee the planning, management and coordination of veterinary resources and programs involving scientific investigators, veterinarians, administrators, and other professionals in the area of laboratory animal care, use, and treatment throughout NIH. 
  • Provide leadership and direction for the development of new or modified strategies, policies, and procedures to effectively serve the research needs of the NIH intramural program.
  • Research, plan, develop, direct, and implement program policies, regulations, and other guidance, ensuring that comprehensive and successful veterinary resources programs and services are provided in support of the NIH intramural program. 
  • Determine resource requirements and staff needs, organize and direct program resources, and evaluate the effectiveness of DVR programs through progress reviews, evaluations, and management analysis.
  • Manage and oversee the analysis of program and resource requirements for veterinary medical and animal care services, and recommend reallocation of resources and staff to meet expected demands and customer requirements. 
  • Anticipate projected demands for veterinary medical and support services and estimate requirements for resources and staff.
  • Oversee the provision of programmatic training and education on veterinary care and methodologies involving the use of animals in biomedical research. 
Qualifications:  The candidate must either possess a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education, OR for those who have graduated from veterinary schools not AVMA accredited, one must have an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates certification.  Candidates must have successfully completed National Veterinary Board certification, be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state, and have veterinary experience.  Board certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine is also required.  Veterinarians in the Public Health Service who meet the qualifications requirements are invited to apply. 

Salary/Benefits:  Salary for this Title 5 position is based on the GS pay scale in the Washington DC area, which can be found here:  A relocation or recruitment incentive may be offered. A full package of federal Civil Service benefits is available, including:  retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent).  The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and public financial disclosure requirements.
Equal Opportunity Employment:  Equality is held as one of the most important values here at NIH.  Selection for this and any other position will be based solely on merit.  NIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization.  The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
Foreign Education:  Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation.  For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.  Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment. 
How to Apply:  Visit job announcement NIH-ORS-DH-18-10071348 on the OPM USAJOBS website at: The announcement will close on Monday, November 20.

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