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Sr. Veterinary Scientist (Nestlé Purina)

Position Summary


We’re working on innovative foods and formulas that rival healthcare, pharma, human food, and tech companies around the world—foods and formulas that can extend the lives and cognitive function in maturing dogs and cats. We’re developing ways to improve the vision of cats and minimize pet allergies through quality nutrition. We were the first ever to extrude dry dog food and we’re backed by a lengthy list of patents—a portfolio of industry firsts.


Over 500 scientists make everything we think about come to life. We’re nutritionists, chemists, immunologists, microbiologists, veterinarians, and the alike. But what we do stretches far beyond our titles. It’s a dare we accepted from the very beginning – the dare to ‘Stand Taller’.


As a Senior Veterinary Scientist, you will use your deep technical understanding and scientific knowledge along with strong communication and presentation skills to develop new technologies and provide expertise and insights to companion animal nutrition and related health solutions. You will lead and support applied clinical nutrition and physiology research projects for Nestlé Purina Petcare R&D. 



  • Initiate and lead research projects aligned to Nestlé Purina’s strategic areas related to pet health through nutrition

  • Provide support to projects on what is relevant to pet health and veterinarians (i.e., measures, methods, benefits, claims)

  • Demonstrate scientific knowledge in clinical physiology

  • Leverage veterinary and consumer insights to drive innovation that promotes health and wellness of dogs and cats

  • Lead and support clinical trials of new technologies and products in a team setting

  • Stay current in animal nutrition and health literature and intellectual property, and propose new research approaches, methodologies, and technologies

  • Support and interface with internal and external stakeholders and the Purina Institute to share research findings, answer questions, and advise for external communications

  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals, present at key industry conferences, and participate in Nestlé Purina-sponsored symposia to introduce innovations



  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent

  • 2+ years of experience designing, managing, and publishing clinical research



  • MS or PhD in nutrition or related field (physiology, clinical sciences, endocrinology, biochemistry) is preferred

  • Ability to travel up to 20% is preferred

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