Director of Animal Welfare and Compliance (Veterinarian)

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AstraZeneca UK
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Director of Animal Welfare and Compliance (Veterinarian)

Location – Cambridge

Competitive salary and flexible benefits package

Introduction to Role:

Join the Animal Sciences & Technologies (AST) Department at AstraZeneca in Cambridge, where we support and drive in vivo science. Our teams of scientists conduct studies to evaluate the efficacy & safety of candidate drugs and deliver expert advice to the BioPharmaceuticals and Oncology R&D Units. We are seeking an experienced and dynamic veterinarian to lead the welfare and compliance function, supporting AstraZeneca’s in vivo work in the UK. Be part of the team where you are empowered to follow the science!


As the Director of Animal Welfare and Compliance, you will be responsible for routine care and preventive medicine of animals housed in AZ’s UK facility. You will lead technical capability development, set standards for animal welfare, husbandry, accommodation, surgery, anaesthesia, analgesia and other complex technical in vivo skills. You will also advise AstraZeneca scientists on the development and refinement of animal models required for the delivery and strategic development of in vivo pipelines. Your role will also involve leading continuous learning and incident management processes, overseeing 1st line compliance to ASPA regulation requirements, and leading the development AZ UK animal care and use programme.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Veterinary degree – DVM or equivalent.
  • Strong experience in laboratory animal medicine (10+ years) and proven track record of refining animal models – safety and efficacy.
  • Experienced with common in vivo models for oncology, respiratory, metabolic and immunology.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Animal Science Procedure Act, the role of Named People, and the EU Dir 2010/63.
  • Strong understanding of drug discovery processes and pipelines.
  • Demonstrable experience in compliance document management.
  • Experience with Root Cause Analysis, CAPAs, incident management.
  • Line management experience, or demonstrable equivalent matrix leadership experience.
  • Experience with AAALAC accreditation.
  • Experience working with cross-functional project teams.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrable influencing, persuasion, negotiation, and collaborator management skills.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications in the field of animal science.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Diplomate for the European/American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine or the European/American College of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law or the European/American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.
  • PhD in a field relevant to in vivo work.
  • Project Licence Holder experience.
  • Experienced with audit of in vivo facilities, AAALAC Ad Hoc.
  • Experienced trainer / assessor under ASPA.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

At AstraZeneca, we follow the science to explore and innovate. We are working towards treating, preventing, modifying and even curing some of the world's most complex diseases. Here we have the potential to grow our pipeline and positively impact the lives of billions of patients around the world. We are committed to making a difference and have built our business around our passion for science. Now we are fusing data and technology with the latest scientific innovations to achieve the next wave of breakthroughs.

Are you ready to be part of a team that makes a bigger impact on patients' lives? If your passion is science and you want to be part of a team that follows the science unlike anywhere else, then there's no better place to be. Apply now!

This role will be open from 20th March, and we encourage your application by the 20th April.

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Closing Date

19-Apr-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.