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Posted on: 17 November 2023





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Clinical Research Associate

About Loyal

Loyal is pioneering the development of drugs that help dogs live longer and stay healthier as they age. We’ve already achieved historic milestones on our path to gaining FDA approval for the first lifespan extension drug for any species.

Our mission is longer, healthier lives for all, and our ultimate aim is to translate our work with dogs into the first-ever aging drugs for humans, too. The company was founded in early 2020 and we’ve raised more than $50M from top investors including Khosla, First Round Capital, Collaborative Fund, Longevity Fund, Quiet Capital, and BoxGroup.

About the role

Loyal is ~12 months away from our projected launch of our first product to market. We are seeking an experienced Clinical Research Associate to join the Veterinary Operations team that achieves its mission through developing veterinary partnerships, engaging with the veterinary community through education, ensuring excellence in the science behind our products, executing clinical trials and studies. Your work will drive us closer to our objectives of bringing the drugs to the market.

You will be reporting directly to the Director of Clinical Operations.


Your daily work will include
  • Be the face of the company with the clinic and building trusting relationships and positive experiences for study vets, vet techs, site staff and pet owners in accordance with the Loyal Service Level Expectations (SLEs).
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for assigned study sites.
  • Perform clinical monitoring activities (site qualification, initiation, interim monitoring visits and closeouts) and provide overall site management ensuring compliance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and applicable regulations.
  • Develop and maintain necessary documentation (e.g., Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Work Instructions (WINs)) and tracking including but not limited to communication records, visit reports, study tools and forms, and performance and reference tracking.
  • Provide training and support to site investigators and staff.
  • Provide exceptional support with site and subject recruitment strategies in alignment with regulatory guidance.
  • Ensure compliance with FDA CVM, VICH-GCP, and study protocols.
  • Review and reconcile site and Investigator binders and the Trial Master File.
  • Develop a study site database for recruitment purposes.
  • Partner with the Clinical Operations Team to facilitate investigational product supply and management at the study and site level.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining metric reports and participating in cross-functional collaboration as needed.
  • Facilitate vendor support for site study services and supplies. 
  • Contribute to the development of clinical trial processes.
  • Appropriate and accurate use of eDC and other auditable trial documentation systems. Inclusive of timely submission of enhancement requests or bug fixes to facilitate continuous improvement.
  • Perform User Acceptance Tests of eDC systems 
  • Identify and participate in the selection of study sites and laboratories for clinical studies.
  • Work in collaboration with data management, statisticians, regulatory affairs and quality assurance.
  • Assist in preparing study files for regulatory agency submission.
  • Attend and represent the company at conference events. (e.g., In the Loyal booth).

Work experience and education requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, preferably in animal science, biology, veterinary, or related life sciences.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

Preferred but not required:
  • Experience working with VICH GCP studies
  • Experience in clinical research and/or product development in animal health
  • Certifications such as CVT,LVT,RVT, or CVPM.

How you work and think
  • You are adaptable and have a positive mindset in a fast-paced startup environment.
  • You are effective at giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • You thrive well under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • You have exceptional integrity, attention to detail, and personal organization.
  • You are compassionate, curious and driven.
  • You are passionate about the veterinary industry
  • You are eager to learn and grow your skills.
  • You are enthusiastic about science and Loyal’s pursuits.
  • You are approachable, and engaging.
  • You are autonomous in work and travel planning. 

Reasons you might not like this role
  • Fast-paced, rapidly scaling startup environment.
  • We are still relatively new, therefore many systems are either not in place or being iterated on. 
  • We may be comfortable with more ambiguity and uncertainty than you are used to, as we like to test hypotheses early. You will have to be comfortable taking full responsibility for your area of expertise, with support and guidance from the rest of the team and company.
  • You will need to be comfortable adapting to change, and operating in a fast-paced, highly regulated environment.
  • Building and troubleshooting processes from scratch.
  • You will need to be creative in solving problems, especially those without precedent.
  • Building difficult things is…difficult. The process forward is not always linear.
  • We continually find ways to enhance hybrid remote working and communication.

What you will gain from this role
  • Experience leading the launch of a first-of-its-kind drug to market
  • A working environment that is positive, kind, thoughtful, and full of some of the smartest people in the industry
  • Experience building process and doing impactful work

Loyal Benefits
  • Full coverage health insurance (medical, dental and vision) for you and your dependents.
  • $1000 home office equipment stipend
  • $150/month wellness budget (cleaners, spa, food)
  • $75/month fitness budget
  • $100/month learning budget (books, courses, etc.)
  • All 3-day weekends turned into 4-day weekends 🎉
  • Unlimited vacation and paid holidays
  • Paw-ternity leave - adopt a dog and get a day off with your new family member 🐶
  • Annual company retreat at beautiful locations across the country (recently: Tahoe, Cape Cod)
  • Flexible remote and hybrid work opportunities
  • Competitive salary depending on your background and location
  • Company equity options grant for new hires


Loyal is founded and led by a first-gen, female CEO and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants based on gender, race or color, ethnicity or national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Our Values

Lean into moonshots | We do not settle for incremental change. We have the bravery to take risks and shoot for the impact we want to have.

Opportunity is at the intersection | We lean into combining disciplines, expertises, and perspectives not normally adjacent. We design our organization to facilitate cross-pollination and cross-collaboration. We reject silos.


Expertise without ego | Titles do not determine who has a voice. We work on hard, technical problems and have a ton of fun while at it.


Learning by doing | Our path is novel and many things we are doing have never been done before. We lean into MVPs and are open to unexpected outcomes.


Lead with context | We value transparency and equip people with the context and background necessary to make their own decisions and act in the best interest of Loyal. Empower the team to succeed.

Empathy and respect for all life | Our patients are not just numbers. Our work is intentional, thoughtful, and guided by respect for life. We take our responsibility to pets and pet parents seriously.

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