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Manager – Biocontainment Livestock


Last Updated: 11/30/21

Job Description

Zoetis, the world’s largest animal health company, is searching for a new member of their management team at their research farm site in Richland Michigan near Kalamazoo Michigan. This is an entry level manager position responsible for the scheduling, managing and coordination of daily operational (husbandry and technical) activities supporting pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biological research in Livestock species. The manager is responsible for the people and facility management and development of the technical staff. The manager plays a leadership role in the operation of the animal facility reporting to a Site Leader and will be a member of the Richland Site Leadership Team.

The manager assures that a safe and sanitary environment is provided for all animals and employees. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: Assuring the care for companion animals is provided in accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and accordance with the rules of accreditation for AAALACi. The position involves interactions with multiple positions and roles within the Veterinary Medicine Research and Development organization including researchers, site leaders, clinical veterinary staff, facilities maintenance and engineering personnel, and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); interactions with regulatory agencies by hosting inspections and providing updates and any needed resolutions; writing and reviewing SOP’s; hiring and training of staff; participate in operations on-call duty including weekends, holidays, and some work outside of core business hours; providing direct supervision and development of the technical staff; evaluating individual performance; providing performance management as needed; ensuring technical staff adheres to relevant policies and procedures and provides cross-functional support and communications to facilitate animal studies.

This position will primarily support operations dedicated to the development of vaccines for livestock. The work will involve management and participation in activities that occur in biocontainment facilities and involve biological hazards. Strict adherence to biosecurity practices that can include taking showers, wearing dedicated clothing and footwear and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for successful job execution.


BS degree or equivalent experience in a science field.

Two to four (2 - 4) years related experience.

Highly Desired Skills/Attributes:

Previous managerial experience

Experience working with infectious diseases

Experience working in biocontainment facilities

ALAS certification(s)

CMAR certification


Work environment:

May be required to work with zoonotic animal pathogens and chemicals. There may be handling of zoonotic organisms and working in both ABSL-2 facilities requiring showering in/out procedures.

Full time



Zoetis is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status or any other protected classification. Disabled individuals are given an equal opportunity to use our online application system. We offer reasonable accommodations as an alternative if requested by an individual with a disability. Please contact Zoetis Colleague Services at [Register to View] to request an accommodation. Zoetis also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must possess or obtain authorization to work in the US for Zoetis. Zoetis retains sole and exclusive discretion to pursue sponsorship for the acquisition or maintenance of nonimmigrant status and employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified US workers. Individuals requiring sponsorship must disclose this fact. Please note that Zoetis seeks information related to job applications from candidates for jobs in the U.S. solely via the following: (1) our company website at site, or (2) via email to/from addresses using only the Zoetis domain of [Register to View] In addition, Zoetis does not use Google Hangout for any recruitment related activities. Any solicitation or request for information related to job applications with Zoetis via any other means and/or utilizing email addresses with any other domain should be disregarded. In addition, Zoetis will never ask candidates to make any type of personal financial investment related to gaining employment with Zoetis.

Company Details

Parsippany, New Jersey, United States
Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in more than 100 countries.