Clinical Veterinarian

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Job Description

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson is recruiting for a Clinical Veterinarian, located in La Jolla, CA.

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, we are working to create a world without disease. Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science. We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at and follow us @JanssenGlobal. 

The Clinical Veterinarian will be responsible for clinical care, preventative and diagnostic medicine programs, surgery, investigator and technician training, compliance support (protocol review, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committe [IACUC], post-approval monitoring, interaction with inspectors, participation in program description documentation), and collaborative research with investigators. This role will serve as a liaison to staff, contractors and other personnel regarding function and reliability of facility’s physical plant, equipment, chemical use, waste streams, barriers, and containment related to animal care and use program requirements and animal welfare standards. The Clinical Veterinarian will establish/expand in vivo modeling technical innovations and will provide leadership as a member of the global in vivo team. This role will collaboratively and effectively resolve real or perceived issues with regulators, animals, scientists, management, staff and contractors; support compliance by interpretation and application of regulatory or policy guidance to provide practical and maintainable solutions that resolve conflict, support business and promote animal welfare. Participation on various local and global committees to represent the department, or the company, to internal and external partners will be part of the role. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide routine veterinary care for assigned area(s) of clinical responsibility, including participating in an on-call schedule to provide after-hours and weekend veterinary coverage.
  • Perform and document physical examinations of incoming and resident animals as required by regulations in support of a program of quality veterinary care. This includes performing routine “grand veterinary rounds” for the purpose of observing animal health and animal care.
  • Oversee the program of acclimation and/or quarantine of incoming animals. This includes all necessary and appropriate health checks and surveillance of incoming and resident animals, as well as, release of animals from acclimation/quarantine.
  • Oversee a program of preventative and diagnostic veterinary care; Supervise or perform diagnostic procedures and processing in house or with service providers. Examples include fecal analysis, bacterial culture, tuberculin testing, gross necropsy, diagnostic imaging, and rodent sentinel health surveillance.
  • Provide oversight and training to assure quality care is provided to the animals by staff and animal scientists.
  • Contribute to deliver and regular updates of training programs and orientation for staff, scientists, and other personnel prior to assigning independent vivarium access.
  • Review and provided consultation to investigators for IACUC protocols and animal research models.
  • Provide surgical program oversight, support and training to research investigators.
  • Assure compliance with all internal and external regulatory and accreditation requirements.
  • Maintains records to comply with applicable local, state, federal regulations, applicable animal welfare accreditation standards, and internal compliance regulations.
  • Maintain awareness of new regulations and follow existing regulations affecting animal research.
  • Provide input to the Attending Veterinarian and/or IACUC relating to animal care and use and animal welfare.
  • Participate in animal care and use program and animal quality evaluations of animal suppliers.
  • Audit animal care and use programs of contract laboratories and vendors in support of local use and/or Johnson & Johnson Corporate Policy.

In Vivo Model Technical Innovation:

  • Establish collaborative research projects with investigators in support of drug discovery (e.g. animal model development or improvement).
  • Establish programs of technical training for staff in support of ongoing in vivo research activities.
  • Oversee programs of positive reinforcement training and environmental enhancement for all animals.

Physical Plant/Operational Expertise:

  • Partner with site and vivarium operational staff to ensure physical plant repairs, upgrades, renovations, and construction projects are executed in a timely manner to ensure animal welfare/well-being and facilitate minimal disruption of animal science business/research programs.
  • Support vivarium renovation(s) and construction build-out(s) with appropriate subject matter expertise and/or oversight.
  • Support expectations and need for reliability and operation of facility and key equipment with staff, maintenance personnel and other contractors by continuous education and corroborative problem solving.
  • In partnership with the Global Head, Attending Veterinarian, and operational staff, assess the impact of investigator requests for new/additional work (e.g., additional space and equipment allocations, introduction of a new species, significant increases in census, changes to work processes, etc.).



  • DVM/VMD or equivalent from an AVMA-accredited or recognized school of veterinary medicine is required.
  • Currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one U.S. state is required (State of California highly preferred).
  • National Veterinary Accreditation current or eligible is required.
  • Residency certificate from an accredited program for Laboratory Animal Medicine and/or ACLAM boarded is preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in animal-based research; major biotech/pharma experience is required.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; Must be able to regularly read, understand, and follow-through on all correspondence.
  • Excellent computer skills including a good knowledge of Microsoft Office and Skype highly
  • Must be able to work under time constraints with minimal supervision of day-to-day responsibilities
  • Works effectively with multidisciplinary teams
  • Must be able to regularly read, understand, verify accuracy, and document various written of protocols, including Animal Care and Use Protocols, Standard Operating Procedures, work instructions, etc.
  • Must be able to work with external regulatory agencies and accreditation groups.
  • Compliance and working knowledge of applicable USDA, FDA, GLPs, GMPs, applicable animal welfare guidelines, and AAALAC requirements.
  • Working/mechanical knowledge of key vivarium equipment and operational processes.
  • Interacts with all levels within the organization to communicate quality/compliance and concerns/issues.
  • Serve as a representative for community outreach and education as needed.
  • Actively participate in the profession through research/scholarly work and involvement in local, state, and national professional organizations.
  • Must complete all annual training requirements; perform all work per appropriate safety standards.
  • Keep abreast of current trends and practices in field of expertise by completing required continuing education.
  • Ability to wear all Personal Protective Equipment required to perform work tasks; Applicable vaccinations may be required for entry and work within specific laboratory and vivarium spaces.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Some domestic and international travel (20%) may be required.
  • Some “off-core business hours” meeting participation and work required.


  • Understanding of the drug development process

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability

Primary Location
United States-California-La Jolla-
Janssen Research & Development, LLC (6084)
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