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The University of British Columbia
University Veterinarian

Consistently ranked amongst the top 20 public universities and the best 40 public and private universities in the world, The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. UBC’s spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo since 1915. With two main campuses located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people (Vancouver campus) and the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) peoples (Okanagan campus), UBC’s entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. Bold thinking is given a place to define ideas that change the world at UBC. 

As a world leader in animal care research support, the University of British Columbia (UBC) takes pride in its progressive and innovative approach. With diversity of services and state-of-the-art facilities, UBC is seeking a true visionary clinical veterinarian to join this unique portfolio. The University Veterinarian (UV) plays a prominent role in the strategic and technical planning and delivery of all matters related to the welfare and care and use of animals in research at UBC.

The University Veterinarian leads a team of clinical veterinarians who are expert advisors in all aspects of animal care, and provide professional veterinary services across all UBC and affiliated animal facilities.  The UV serves as an integral member of the UBC Animal Care Committee (ACC) and works with the ACC to ensure that all animal-based research and teaching adheres to CCAC guidelines. The UV will provide expert input into plans for renovations to existing and any new animal research facilities or to ensure they meet with Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and other appropriate guidelines. In addition, the UV will assist in attracting new preclinical collaborative projects to ACS to support the BC and Canadian Life Sciences community.

The UV will be a seasoned leader with 10 – 15 years’ experience who is licensed or eligible for licensure with the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia.   They will have demonstrated success on a leadership team in a large, complex organization that champions excellence in animal research. The UV will also have demonstrated expertise building and maintaining excellent relationships with team members, regulatory bodies and executive leadership. The UV will be collegial and curious, solutions-oriented, focused on the greater good and brings a demonstrated  track record of excellence in the use and welfare of animals in research.

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