About the Physicians Committee – Who We Are
The Physicians Committee is a nonprofit organization working toward compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies, and our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious medical conditions. We have fought for an emphasis on prevention, higher ethical standards in research, and scientific advances in basic research and effective drug development. Over the years, we have taken on battles to end ethically questionable experiments involving children and inhumane animal experiments and have worked to improve science education. We have worked with physicians, federal regulators, politicians, researchers, educators, students, and concerned citizens. And we have so much more work to do. We invite you to visit our youtube channel, our website, and Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.
About the Physicians Committee’s Research Policy Team
The Physicians Committee’s Research Policy team works to improve research and medical training by replacing the use of animals. The team does so in a multi-faceted way, engaging federal lawmakers and regulators, educating medical and science professionals at institutions nationwide, and promoting our work through traditional and social media.
The replacement of animal experimentation with human-relevant methods often yields ethical, technical, and clinical advantages. Clinical, epidemiological, and pathological investigations remain the foundation of research on human disease. Although animals are often used when ethical or practical issues have precluded the study of humans, the evolving scientific understanding of the complexity of animals and of their social and psychological needs underscores longstanding ethical concerns about their use in laboratory science, as well as their unsuitability as proxies for humans and our diseases.
About this Consultant Opportunity
The Physicians Committee is looking for a veterinarian with research experience to support our Research Policy Team. If you have worked with animals in a laboratory environment and are dedicated to making research more human-relevant, we want to hear from you.
The veterinary consultant will play an integral role in the Physicians Committee’s work advocating for nonanimal research and medical training methods by evaluating animal models in various fields of research; analyzing laboratory practices; understanding methods of research that do not involve animals; writing summaries of veterinary records, correspondence, and analyses of IACUC protocols and federal research grants; and working with decision makers and the press to promote the replacement of animals in research and medical training and changes in research funding priorities.
This is a part-time, remote opportunity and the consultant can be located anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. The time commitment will vary depending on program needs, but will likely range from 10-30 hours per week.
If you can communicate complex scientific and veterinary medical topics to the lay public, are passionate about the Physicians Committee’s mission to advance the field of ethical research, and are looking to make the world a better place, we'd like to hear from you. A professional degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science is required. A familiarity with the federal Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals is important. Experience in animal research environments is strongly desired. Knowledge of research funding mechanisms is a plus.
Compensation: $45-$75/hour, commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
In your cover letter, please tell us about the values we share, your accomplishments, and about any experience you have with writing for various audiences, including the lay public. Send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference “Veterinary Consultant” in your subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!