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The Senior Veterinarian will provide expertise to assure humane care and treatment of the animal population used in the development of implantable devices, biomaterials, and/or biotherapeutic treatments at an AAALAC-accredited research facility. This will include recommendations and implementation of accepted standards pertaining to: animal husbandry, preventative medicine, experimental surgery, anesthesia, analgesia, diagnosis and treatment of health problems.  The position reports to the Sr Medical Group Manager at Medtronic Physiological Research Laboratories (PRL).



Responsibilities should show the key accountabilities for the role.

*Add minimum travel requirements.

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of essential job functions, but rather a general overview of the principal responsibilities.

·         Veterinary Medicine and Surgery: Provide direct veterinary care, conduct surgical procedures, and serve as consultant for animals housed at PRL and satellite boarding facilities.

o   Executing programs of veterinary care and research including: husbandry and medical care of diverse animal species, surgical procedures and/or biotherapeutic treatments, diagnostic medicine, imaging modalities, epidemiological investigations, animal acquisitions, environmental monitoring.

o   Provides leadership to professional and technical staff. Provides medical guidance to animal care professionals as dictated by study protocol or by animal welfare issues including: housing, quarantine, vaccination, analgesia, and treatment programs.

o   Sustain accreditation and regulatory compliance. Provide input into interpretation and implementation of regulations (GLP, USDA Animal Welfare Act, AAALAC), policies, and guidelines affecting animal care programs. Support aspects of regulatory inspections. Implement applicable SOPs. May serve on the IACUC, facilitating protocol review and facility inspections.

o   Provide rotating “on call” responsibilities that require 24-hour availability for animal care issues.

·         Imaging Capabilities: Provide knowledge and experience in the areas of image capture and analysis for CT, MRI, ultrasound, and other imaging modalities.

·         Animal Model Development: Consult on and review protocols for the acquisition and optimization of data. Research comparative anatomy and pathophysiology to determine the most appropriate animal model and test methods to achieve study objectives for device / biotherapeutic applications. Make surgical and medical care recommendations to investigators.

·         Collaboration: Serve as spokesperson for Medtronic on care and use of laboratory animals and establishing global guidelines and regulations for industry. Facilitate collaborative research efforts and best practices.

·         Education: Maintain substantive leading-edge knowledge of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

·         Participate in professional meetings, read current materials, and network with key opinion leaders.

·         Benchmark outside research facilities for seeking best practices and forging strategic working relationships.

·         Provide educational and training programs for surgical and animal care technicians to maintain current best practices.


The basic qualifications must be measurable and must accurately reflect experience required.  Basic Qualifications must be skills that can be assessed by reviewing the resume. They should not be subjective, e.g. excellent communication skills, strong leadership skills etc. All bullets need to be measurable, relevant to the job and objective qualifications.  You should be able to answer “yes” or “no” to your list of requirements by viewing a paper resume.


Education Required

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM / VMD

Highly desired

Diplomate American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM)

Years of Experience

Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience Laboratory Animal Medicine


Specialized Knowledge or Skills Required

  • ·         Current license (or ability to attain within 90 days) to practice veterinary medicine in MN
  • ·         Experience working in a research environment.
  • ·         Computer skills:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
  • ·         Excellent interpersonal and team relations
  • ·         Ability to handle stress and conflict constructively

·         Advanced written and oral communications skills.

  • ·         Ability to work independently.


This is an optional section, and can include things not easily identified from the resume, but more likely to be explored during the interview process.

  • ·         Animal Care experience in a biomedical research industry, especially related to cardiac, neuro, and spine devices and therapies.
  • ·         Surgical experience or surgical interest in a biomedical research industry, especially related to cardiac, neuro, and spine devices and therapies.
  • ·         Experience and knowledge of imaging modalities including, but not limited to, CT, MRI, and Ultrasound.
  • ·         Preclinical research experience
  • ·         Clinical experience


The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • ·         The Ability to work with variety of animal species: dogs, rabbits, sheep, pigs, rodents
  • ·         Ability to perform work requiring visual acuity, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination
  • ·         Able to stand/bend over surgery table for moderate to long periods: 6 hours
  • ·         Able to work with fresh and preserved tissues
  • ·         Able to tolerate exposure to bodily fluids
  • ·         Able to wear safety goggles, gloves, and gowns
  • ·         Able to lift 50 pounds
  • ·         Must be able to travel independently to various Medtronic buildings/sites
  • ·         The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers


Together, we can change healthcare worldwide.  At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.  We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday.  It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We can accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations – but we will only succeed with the right people on our team.  Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives.  Help us shape the future.


It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.


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