at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.



  • Diagnose illness and injury within the colony and provide appropriate and timely treatment and therapies
  • Perform gross necropsies and collect samples for histopathology, prepare necropsy reports and analyze findings, formulate recommendations for preventative measures.
  • Teach and mentor visiting veterinary students and veterinarians.
  • As a member of the Center’s management team, promote and model a commitment to teamwork, collaboration, professionalism and enthusiasm for all DLC staff.
  • Direct departmental operations including, but not limited to: hiring, firing, evaluating, goal setting and identifying developmental opportunities for the veterinary team. Verify that the veterinary department is compliant with all Duke and DLC policies and protocols. Address performance issues in a timely manner and in adherence to Duke HR protocols.
  • Work collaboratively with the DLC’s curatorial team to implement a preventive medicine program that includes quarantine, routine exams, disease monitoring, parasite control, vaccinations, tuberculin testing, dental prophylaxis and nutrition.
  • Work with executive director to develop and administer annual budget
  • Work with executive director to develop and implement a strategic plan to engage and work collaboratively with Malagasy veterinary school and veterinarians
  • In collaboration with the DLC’s Director of Research, support in situ and ex situ research efforts
  • Actively participate on the Duke Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • Maintain standards and regulations of the AZA, AAZV, USDA, OSHA and AAALAC
  • Represent the DLC professionally with guests, donors, colleagues and media
  • Perform other duties as assigned




  • DVM or VMD from an accredited school of veterinary medicine
  • License to practice veterinary medicine in the State of North Carolina within 3 months of hire date
  • USDA category I accreditation to certify health for interstate and international transport of animals
  • Post graduate veterinary internship preferred
  • Preference will be given to candidates that are ACZM Board Certified or have completed a residency.



  • Seven or more years of veterinary experience with three years minimum of exotic animal medicine experience required; experience with a zoological facility is a plus.
  • At least three years’ experience managing or supervising a veterinary medical program/team.




  • Demonstrates a strong ability to be forward thinking; envision, develop and implement new programs to maintain the DLC as a leader in lemur husbandry/welfare and research and advance the DLC’s mission
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and team-building skills.
  • Strong clinical skills
  • Work requires excellent attention to detail and the ability to meet firm deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt to diverse work situations and to adjust to shifting priorities.
  • Ability to develop, prioritize and administer departmental budget with tight cost control
  • Knowledge of research processes and minimally invasive experimental design is a plus
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays as needed
  • This position shares weekend on-call duties with the staff veterinarian


Minimum Qualifications




Work requires completion of an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program or a certificate of equivalent training accepted by the AVMA. Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in a state or territory of the United States is also required.




Three years of experience in laboratory animal medicine or completion of a training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine with eligibility for certification in this field may be substituted for the three year experience requirement noted above.  OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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