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Merck Associate Principal Scientist - Veterinarian in West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

The Associate Principal Scientist, Clinical Services (Veterinarian) under direction and supervision provides clinical care, surgical support and preventative medicine programs for all species; consultation and collaboration with investigative staff for development of innovative translational models to impact drug development and discovery and improve human health; development and training of technical staff.


  • Balances multiple projects

  • Train directly and/or manage training program for training research staff in humane methods of animal care including but not limited to: Surgery and restraint of animals, as well as the proper use of anesthetics and analgesics.

  • Plan, organize and direct the health care and maintenance of research animals and provide leadership and technical expertise to staff.

  • The ideal candidate will collaboratively contribute to research study design, data interpretation and presentation of conclusions and recommendations.

  • Provide oversight on Operating Procedures (SOPs), regulatory guidance’s (GXPs), safety guidances and company policies and procedures.

Under minimal supervision:

  • Collaborates with Investigators during the development and conduct of animal research programs.

  • Uses technical and scientific expertise to plan, conduct and summarize complex nonclinical studies and projects and participates in scientific discussions surrounding drug development and animal model development.

  • Determine possible solutions to difficult technical issues and, after consultation with the appropriate staff implements these solutions.

  • Uses judgement to identify and solve complex problems.

  • Collaborates with peers within and outside of the department.

  • Provides clinical veterinary care consistent with professional standards and assures compliance with all federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines for animal care and use.


  • Required: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD) from an accredited program or a certificate of equivalent training accepted by the AVMA

  • Preferred: ACLAM Board eligible/Board certified, Advanced degree (MS, PhD)

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of (2) years' experience in Laboratory Animal Medicine or completion of a training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine

  • Veterinary license to practice in at least one state

Preferred Experience:

  • Completion of a residence program in Laboratory Animal Medicine

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID: R15602