Chief Veterinary Officer (remote/part-time)

Basepaws - Pet Genetics Company - Los Angeles, CA

Part-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year

Hello -- We are Basepaws!

Basepaws is building a new pet health brand in Los Angeles, CA focused on genetics and personalized nutrition. Our first consumer product is the CatKit, the world's first DNA test for cats. We are actively working on R&D for other products and pets while running a state of the art laboratory at Harbour UCLA. We are a genomics and pet health consumer + tech company with a vision to bring personalized genomics to pet owners around the world. Our innovative screening approach delivers a wealth of genetic information in a concise and easy-to-understand report for our customers.

Feline research: where have we come from and where are we going?

Cats are traditionally underappreciated in scientific study, yet genetically cats are closest mammals to humans, outside primates. Cats share our genes (over 90%), our diseases, and our drugs. At Basepaws we’ve invested in research will improve our understanding of the diseases and health conditions that impact cats, and teach us how to better diagnose, treat, care for and even cure these threats to our beloved feline companions. With the help of consumer interest, DNA sequencing and machine learning, can study feline DNA unlock a better understanding of naturally occurring disease in pets and people?

The Chief Veterinary Officer Role:

We are seeking a feline-focused part-time Veterinarian who has balanced academic and clinical experience to help us advance our genetic model database for further study as it relates to overall feline medicine and diseases. Our feline database will help pet owners, veterinarians, breeders, rescue organizations, and pet food companies understand the link between a pet’s DNA and its traits, nutritional needs, and likelihood for common disorders and diseases.

  • On the forefront of feline disease research
  • Involved with the creation of Basepaws surveys, gathering phenotype data from existing clients
  • Fosters collaborations with academic and industry scientist research endeavors-
  • Key contributor to Basepaw’s product development
  • Author scientific and veterinary content for Basepaws customers
  • Consultant for Basepaw's Marketing and Customer Support teams
  • Promotes Basepaws at veterinary schools and conferences
  • Liaison for Basepaws research collaborations

Success in the Role

We are seeking individuals who will thrive in a fast-paced startup environment and have the ability to balance multiple projects, are technically-advanced in their field and possess strong emotional intelligence; those that are self-aware, have positive attitudes, and authentic empathy toward others. The ideal candidate will have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, VMD) and extensive knowledge of feline diseases. A Ph.D. in biomedical science, and/or epigenomics is preferred, but not required. This individual will have proven leadership abilities, strong mentoring and team building skills, excellent communication with colleagues and the referring community, and possess a foundation of business skills to collaborate with peers within and outside of the department.

Job Type: Part-time