Associate Director / Veterinarian, Animal Services

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Associate Director, Animal Services

About the Job

Animal Health in Millsboro Delaware seeks to add an Attending Veterinarian in the role of Associate Director.

This position will have overall responsibility for oversight and administration of day-to-day operation of the animal facilities as well as for the veterinary care and animal husbandry program at our company’s Millsboro Animal Health facilities. This role is highly compliance-driven in accordance with State and Federal regulations as applicable to the humane care and use of animals.

Responsibilities also include training and oversight of the animal care staff, serving as a designated reviewer and voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and facilitating communication between the Animal Services team and the Quality organization. This position will work in close coordination with other groups such as HR, QC, BTS, Biosafety, EHS, and Maintenance & Engineering and will participate in all institutional plans involving renovation or construction of facilities in which animals are housed, including design and maintenance of animal facilities. This position is responsible for providing data, documentation, and other information as needed for annual reports to Federal regulatory agencies. Leadership for internal and external regulatory inspections (USDA, DEA, DNREC, etc.) of animal facilities and program reviews is required.


The Associate Director/Attending Veterinarian will report to the Site Quality Head/Director of Quality. The Attending Veterinarian will be responsible for the humane care of animals at the Millsboro facilities. As the Associate Director, this individual is an active member of the Site Leadership Team and is responsible for the management and leadership of the Animal Services Department.

Essential Duties / Responsibilities

Associate Director:

+ Lead and develop a team of animal care and testing specialists.

+ Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the Millsboro, DE biologics manufacturing site.

+ Lead numerous projects including process improvement and safety initiatives.

+ Coordinate / oversee capital projects.

+ Develop and monitor annual spend and capital budgets.

+ Establish and maintain departmental policies and procedures. Ensure compliance with governmental regulations, and corporate/site policies including safety and biosafety.

+ Utilize our systems such as Reliance, Atlas SRM, WorkDay, myLearning, eTime, Inspire.

+ Compose, review, edit institutional SOPs.

+ Serve as the hiring manager and trainer for Animal Services Managers.

+ Coordinate promotions, transfers, or reduction of personnel.

+ Work with direct reports to create annual SMART performance and development goals and evaluate performance against those goals.

+ Review salaries of direct reports and recommend changes when warranted.

Attending Veterinarian:

+ Serve as the Attending Veterinarian overseeing the animal welfare and veterinary care of regulated and unregulated species including chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents.

+ Assure compliance with all federal and state regulatory requirements for animal welfare, management of controlled substances, quality control testing according to GMP standards, and emissions control (incinerator).

+ Ensure training of company employees who handle animals regarding humane animal care and usage.

+ Maintain company Federal (DEA) and State controlled substances registrations and be responsible for controlled substance use, inventory, and records in accordance with Global Standards.

+ Serve as officer on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

+ Maintain current knowledge of diseases and disease prevention practices for companion animal and poultry species. Ensure the veterinary health of all animals on site.

+ Identify new technologies and methods to replace, reduce, and/or refine animal use.

+ Conduct vendor surveillance, as appropriate.

Required Education / Experience Requirements:

+ Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) degree

+ Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine and capable of obtaining veterinary licensure in the state of Delaware.

+ Federal Veterinary Accreditation is required.

Required Skills and Abilities

+ Individual must be capable of handling, examining, treating, performing surgery, euthanizing/necropsying of regulated and unregulated species of animals.

+ Strong leadership skills, specifically working in a team-based environment.

+ Organized with the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.

+ Analytical and problem-solving skills.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Skills and Abilities

+ Experience in leading animal care teams in manufacturing industry.

+ Knowledge in laboratory animal medicine.

+ Knowledge of governmental regulations, including USDA licensure process and Animal Welfare Act.



In accordance with Managers’ Policy – Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Job Posting: JC257871353

Posted On: Apr 05, 2024

Updated On: May 18, 2024

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