Pharmacovigilance Veterinarian (Field based)

Madison, NJ, US
May 09 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: DRU000822

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.


Merck’s Animal Health (MAH) Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.  

The primary purpose of this position is to handle adverse drug events (ADE’s) and technical product inquiries reported into the business unit.  In addition, this position may be involved in tracking complaints and developing trend analysis reports, reviewing and approving cases, and training new hires on products, and pharmacovigilance/compliance procedures.

Pharmacovigilance Veterinarians can either be based at the MAH Headquarters or field based.  Ability to cover Pacific Time Zone hours on a rotational basis may be required.


  • Handle adverse drug events reported into the business unit – 65%
  • Communicate with Merck Animal Health customers (primarily via telephone and email) to help resolve medical issues with patients experiencing adverse reactions or efficacy issues with MAH Companion Animal products.Document and enter complaints into the database in accordance with government and corporate policies and procedures.Initiate product quality testing procedures when applicable.Facilitate and consult on diagnostics.Process product efficacy guarantee requests.Negotiate reimbursement requests.Communicate adverse event issues with the appropriate MAH field representatives.Handle technical inquiries on the product line – 20%Review and approve cases in PV Works – 0-10%Provide training on MAH products and pharmacovigilance procedures/compliance to       Pharmacovigilance team.PV procedure training may also be requested for marketing and sales forces – 0-5%Assist in departmental projects/committees as needed – 0-5%Assist with field based activities on an as-needed basis. – 0-5%May be requested to assist the CABU Technical Services group cover meetings, clinic visits or to follow-up on pharmacovigilance issues as the need arises.Reports directly to the PV Vet Leader, Companion Animal Business Unit

Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM/VMD) degree
  • Minimum 3 years of private practice experience in a small or mixed-animal practice or equivalent experience working as a customer facing veterinarian in the pharmaceutical industry.  Experience working as a Pharmacovigilance Veterinarian preferred.Excellent interpersonal and phone skills, with a strong commitment to Customer Service.Computer literacy and strong comfort level working with databases.  Preferred experience with Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Office.Compliance focused mindset and strong organizational skills.Must hold either a current license to practice veterinary medicine, or has held one in the past but relinquished it due to lack of need in current positionFlexibility to work West Coast hours preferred

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 2
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: NO
Company Trade Name: Merck

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