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Veterinary Pathologist

Clemson University
Livestock Poultry Health
Location: Columbia, SC
Open Date: May 17, 2019


Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center (CVDC) is seeking to hire an anatomic veterinary pathologist.  CVDC, the state veterinary diagnostic laboratory, plays an integral part in disease surveillance systems that help assure a safe and adequate food supply and to protect the health and welfare of South Carolina citizens. CVDC is an ISO 17025 accredited full service diagnostic laboratory located in the center of the state in Columbia, SC. Columbia is the state capital and has many outlets for the arts, music, parks, lakes, museums, and sports. Columbia is less than three hours from the beaches or mountains. In July 2013 Columbia was named one of "10 Great Cities to Live In" by Kiplinger Magazine, and recently, the city has been named a top mid-sized market in the nation for relocating families. Columbia also was listed as one of 30 communities named "America's Most Livable Communities," by the Washington based non-profit Partners for Livable Communities that honors communities that are developing themselves in the creative economy.

In this Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist position, the incumbent will be responsible for a wide variety of professional and scientific activities culminating in the determination of accurate and timely diagnoses of veterinary and zoonotic diseases. Results are communicated to practicing veterinarians, animal owners and producers, animal health regulatory officials, and public health agencies as appropriate. The incumbent accepts the joint responsibility shared throughout the laboratory to carry out responsibilities with customer service and satisfaction in mind.

This position qualifies for submission as a Type III shortage situation under the NIFA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program by the SC State Veterinarian should the successful candidate have qualifying educational debt.

1. Exams and Evaluations Management:  Performs necropsy examinations and complex histopathologic evaluations of tissues and specimens derived from livestock, including poultry, and other domestic and wild animals.  Requests and interprets results of laboratory diagnostic tests.  Assimilates information from varied sources to make timely diagnoses.  Prepares clearly written, informative and timely reports of results, diagnoses and recommendations, using the laboratory information management system and delivers them in a timely manner through the Lab Information Management System (LIMS).

2. Compliance:  Complies with laboratory quality program policies and procedures.  Assists technical, professional and administrative staff in support of quality program activities throughout the laboratory that align with ISO 17025 standards.

3. Program Management:  Communicates with practicing veterinarians, regulatory personnel, public health agencies and other clients, including animal owners, representatives from commercial livestock and poultry industries, and law enforcement officials relative to diseases affecting animals and zoonotic diseases.

4. Professional Development:  Attends seminars and conferences.  Studies relevant literature to stay abreast of emerging and infectious diseases and diagnostic methodologies.  Makes presentations at professional conferences and meetings and authors scientific manuscripts for publication.

5. Revenue Management:  Increases revenue streams through services.  Conducts and collaborates on projects to enhance the economic viability of the lab. 

The individual must be able to work independently with little supervision and have a high degree of responsibility for accuracy and reliability in the determination of disease diagnosis. The individual also is responsible to providing service to clients in a laboratory setting that depends on revenue for a significant portion of its support. Experience and/or aptitude as a supervisor is preferred as well as recent experience working as a pathologist in a veterinary diagnostic lab.

The employee works in a laboratory operating under BSL-2 guidelines including requiring personal protective wear, in an environment that contains infectious agents.  Some lifting and physical dexterity with necropsy equipment is required.  Occasional travel overnight to attend training and meetings is also required.  


Candidates should possess a DVM or equivalent degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary college, or through the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates and be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) or be board eligible and actively pursuing certification in anatomic pathology.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience and/or aptitude as a supervisor is preferred as well as recent experience working as a pathologist in a veterinary diagnostic lab.

Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration, please submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vita, and the contact information for three (3) professional references at:


The position will remain open until filled.  Please direct questions regarding this position to Dr. Radhika Kakani, rkakani@clemson.edu or by phone 803-726-7835.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.