Staff Scientist- Supervisory Veterinarian

Job Summary

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. ‘Turn Discovery into Health.’  

The Division of Veterinary Resources (DVR) is in the Office of Research Services (ORS) which is under the NIH-Office of the Director.  The mission of DVR is to support the NIH intramural research program by providing quality animal care and specialized research services. As a result, DVR is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic veterinarian to become a member of our team.

Our program contains multiple large and small animal species in facilities located on the Bethesda and Dickerson, Maryland campuses. The program is accredited by AAALAC-International, and operates in full compliance with the Public Health Service policy, and the regulatory requirements under the Animal Welfare Act.

The appointee will serve as a Supervisor and as a Facility Veterinarian. As Supervisor, the successful candidate will have direct reports and is expected to facilitate employee development. As Facility Veterinarian, the incumbent will provide veterinary medical and surgical care to numerous species, and support NIH intramural research conducted by nineteen institutions. The veterinarian operates with full authority to commit personnel and resources to accomplish study goals.  

Responsibilities include consulting and collaborating with the intramural research community on animal study proposal design, providing technical support to investigators, and overseeing animal imports to preserve the biosecurity of existing colonies. The veterinarian provides on-call and weekend/holiday coverage for the DVR Bethesda Campus facilities on rotation, and assists with coverage on the Dickerson, MD campus and when another DVR veterinarian is on-leave or out unexpectedly.

The appointee will be involved in the preparation for AAALAC-International site visits, and may have the opportunity to serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The appointee is expected to perform duties on site, however there may be occasions where duties can be performed virtually.

Appointments for this position are made under Title 42 as Staff Scientist and are open to all sources. The duty stations for this position are Bethesda and Dickerson, Maryland.      

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in accordance with Executive Order 13985 from President Biden.  Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.  

Required Qualifications

Candidates with supervisory or leadership experience are encouraged to apply. Qualifications for the position include a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained from a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education; or for graduates of veterinary schools not accredited by the AVMA, the applicant is to have certification through the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) from the AVMA, or certification through the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. Applicants must have a license to practice veterinary medicine in at least 1 state.

Preferred Qualifications

Board certification or board eligible status in a veterinary specialty, e.g., Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) is preferred. 


Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. A full package of Civil Service benefits is available including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, leave, and savings plan (401(k) equivalent). Additionally, ORS/DVR participates in the Federal Student Loan Repayment Program among other benefits.  

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Learn more about Foreign Education.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.