Director of Laboratory Animal Resources and Attending Veterinarian

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Job Location
One Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Job Description

Director of Laboratory Animal Resources and Attending Veterinarian

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is seeking a Director of Laboratory Animal Resources/Attending Veterinarian to direct operations of its animal research program and facilities and oversee veterinary medical care. The CSHLanimal program has the capacity of 16,000 rodent cages spread across four facilities, serving over 50 investigators in the areas of cancer, neuroscience and genomics/genetics. The program has recently been expanded, adding a preclinical therapeutics facility that includes specialized space to develop and test therapeutics in mouse cancer models. This is a unique opportunity for someone who seeks a combination of administrative and hands-on work at a world-class research institute.

The Director of LAR/Attending Veterinarian will serve as the veterinarian of record for the CSHL animal care program and should be ACLAM Board eligible and have a license to practice in the U.S.; after starting the position, we will expect them to also become Board certified and licensed to practice in New York State.

Responsibilities include:

• Providing oversight of the CSHL animal program.
• Providing adequate veterinary care by developing and supervising programs in preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, prescribing medical treatments, assuring adequate pain management and administering adequate anesthesia/sedation to laboratory animals.
• Ensuring animal use policies and procedures are in compliance with federal and state regulations (USDA, OLAW, NYS) as well as industry standards for all aspects of the CSHL’s animal care and use program. Maintaining AAALACcertification. Submitting annual reports to AAALAC, OLAW, and USDA. Hosting all compliance/accreditation inspections.
• Consulting with principal investigators and providing veterinary expertise and protocol review for the IACUC.
• Educating and training principal investigators, students and technical research staff, as well as animal care staff, in proper veterinary methods and practice, and ensuring federal and institutional guidelines/regulations are met.
• Collaborating with research investigators in the development, implementation and publication of research protocols.
• Developing policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of staff.
Based on individual area of expertise, the ideal candidate will also be involved with the following:
• Consulting with investigators on analysis of animal models of disease, in particular the implications of behavioral phenotypes and histology/pathology analysis. 
• Supporting the work led by the head of preclinical imaging, and the manager of therapeutic testing to devise new protocols and SOPs.

This position will be under the supervision of the Director of Research Operations and will work closely with the Director of the Pre-clinical Experimental Facility and the Director of the Lab Animal Resources.


The candidate must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.); postdoctoral/residency experience and 3-5 years of experience in laboratory medicine working with rodents in an academic or industry animal research facility is ideal. The candidate should have a demonstrated knowledge of techniques and protocols relevant to a research animal facility, knowledge of federal and state regulations (USDA, OLAW, NYS) as well as industry standards required for all aspects animal care and use programs. Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are essential.

How to Apply:

If interested in this opportunity, please apply via the CSHL careers website:

Position number: 00879-A

Please Include the name and contact information for at least three references.

The major types of ongoing research involving animals at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory fall into the following classes: cancer animal models, behavioral animal models, collection of tissues from rats and mice for biochemical experiments, generation of transgenic animals and generation of antibodies. As an NCI-designated Cancer Center, CSHL has a vibrant program in using mouse models to study a variety of cancer types, including leukemia, melanoma, breast, prostate, pancreatic, glioma and lung cancers. Some of these experiments are examining the role of oncogenes and tumor suppressors in the development of the cancers, with a goal of defining the stages involved in their genesis and identification of key targets for therapeutic intervention. The new Cancer Therapeutics Initiative will expand this work to the evaluation of single agents and combinations, using state-of-the-art imaging and bespoke therapeutic platforms.

In addition to the cancer program, CSHL neuroscientists use both rats and mice to study cognitive processes, including decision making, sensory perception and attention. Many of these studies involve live imaging and/or recording of specific brain areas to monitor activity during a behavioral task. For many of the animal models, transgenic and gene targeting techniques are used, including techniques for introduction of interfering RNA (RNAi) to modulate expression of specific genes. Finally, the CSHL animal program accommodates several summer course programs, most notably the Molecular Embryology of the Mouse, Early Development of Xenopus laevis, and Neurobiology courses; these course uses mice, rats and frogs for animal surgeries, embryo microinjection, surgery, dissections, and mouse husbandry.

To learn more about CSHL, please visit us at:

CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

How to Apply

If interested in this opportunity, please apply via the CSHL careers website:

Position number: 00879-A

About Our Organization

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is located on Long Island, outside of New York City, in New York, USA. Home to eight Nobel Laureates, Cold Spring Harbor provides an immersive and highly-collaborative research environment on the shores of the Long Island Sound. Cold Spring Harbor is an NCI-designated Cancer Center, and every year, over 10,000 scientists journey to Cold Spring Harbor to attend one of CSHL’s famous Meetings and Courses.

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