Clinical Veterinarian & Operations Manager, Vivarium

Company: University of Toronto
Location: Mississauga

Clinical Veterinarian & Operations Manager, Vivarium

Job Number: 1700200

Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Mississauga

Department: UTM: Office of the Vice-President & Principal

Campus: Mississauga

Description: The Veterinarian/Manager works independently to manage the campus’ growing vivarium and animal care program in support of academic and research missions, and is responsible for veterinary care of all research and teaching animals housed at UTM. The incumbent examines, assesses, diagnoses and formulates treatment plans for a variety of laboratory animals, provides guidance and expertise to researchers and staff, and performs surgeries and animal care. The Veterinarian/Manager is responsible for providing operational leadership to the vivarium, animal research directions, renovations and development of vivarium structures, processes and efficiencies. The Veterinarian/Manager is responsible for the overall operations of the vivarium at UTM including planning, human resources and financial management; development of quality systems and programs to rectify process and vivarium gaps; optimization of services to researchers; and performance of cross-functional and other duties consistent with job classification as required. The incumbent also provides veterinary and technical services, performs and oversees faculty, staff and student training and ensures conformity of all laboratory users with government and Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC) standards. The Vivarium Manager leads, motivates and coordinates the activities of unionized staff and others, providing strong leadership with a view to maintaining first class animal care that complies with or exceeds the standards set by provincial and federal authorities. The incumbent liaises with the University Regulatory Veterinarian, Animal Laboratory managers across the University, the OVPR and researchers to inform all of the up-to-date issues arising with the vivarium and to provide coordination of the campus animal research activities with university agencies and committees. The incumbent is a member of both the Local Animal Care Committee (LACC) and the University Animal Care Committee (UACC).

Qualifications should relate to the minimum qualifications required to perform the position and not to those of the incumbent.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a license to practice in Ontario.


A minimum of six (6) years’ experience in a strategic leadership and management role in an animal research environment including experience managing staff, preferably in an unionized environment. Prior experience managing a vivarium renovation project preferred. Experience developing organizational change models is required. Demonstrated decision making ability with respect to organizational structure, staff and management. Experience developing, implementing and maintaining an animal care program within a research/academic environment. Experience with CCAC and Provincial standards is required. Experience with Biosafety Level II materials and the maintenance of highly specialized rodent and fish breeding lines. Experience working with and interpreting policies and procedures pertaining to animal care and animal care legislation. Experience working with and interpreting policies related to human resources and procurement. Experience providing training and leadership to students and adults.


Superior interpersonal skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work with minimal or no supervision. Excellent computer skills which should include a good knowledge of Powerpoint, Word and Excel software. Excellent decision-making skills, and ability to work under pressure. Diplomacy and tact are essential. Effective problem solving with animal treatment plans and research projects.


Excellent administrative and proactive planning and organizational skills. Strong leadership including the ability to motivate and encourage initiative in staff and students and to develop cooperative, collegial working relationships with a broad range of University constituencies. Demonstrated strategic planning, change and project management skills. Demonstrated judgment, and decision making employing both tact and negotiation skills. Discretion and confidentiality in dealing with sensitive information. Proven ability to apply vivarium and animal research concepts to develop plans and implement strategic plans and renovation projects. Proven ability to influence others to conform with regulations set out by CACC and Province.

Travel: None

Employee Group: Professional / Managerial

Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: PM 6 — Broadband Salary Range: $92,145 – $143,433 (Open) — Hiring Zone: $92,145 – $115,179

Job Field: Professional / Technical

Job Posting: Feb 3, 2017

Job Closing: Feb 20, 2017, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=1700200

Company Name: University of Toronto
Active from 2017-02-23

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