Employment Opportunities at LPH

1) Veterinary Pathologist
2) Emergency Preparedness Veterinarian

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.

Emergency Preparedness Veterinarian 

JOB ID: 104877
LOCATION: Livestock Poultry Health, Columbia, SC

Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health (LPH), led by the South Carolina State Veterinarian with headquarters located in Columbia, serves to protect animal health through control of endemic, foreign, and emerging diseases in livestock and poultry and to protect the health of S.C. consumers by providing a comprehensive inspection service to ensure that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome and accurately labeled.  LPH serves as South Carolina’s animal health authority, state meat and poultry inspection department, and the state’s veterinary diagnostic center in fulfilling its role. In addition, LPH coordinates state agricultural and animal emergency response as lead agency for Emergency Support Function 17 and provides veterinary expertise to the Extension Livestock and Forages Program team.

Successful applicant will be joining a collaborative, diverse team that is actively engaged both nationally and regionally as well as in South Carolina.  LPH is the only state animal health authority working under a land-grant university – providing a platform for broad engagement not limited strictly to regulatory work.


Coordinates all emergency preparedness activities of Animal Health Programs and Livestock Poultry Health. Collaborates and coordinates animal-related emergency preparedness activities with personnel throughout Clemson PSA and the SC Emergency Management Division. Performs other duties as assigned.


40% - Essential - Emergency Preparedness: Coordinates and develops the state, regional, and county animal emergency response capacity.  Plans and coordinates the development, funding, and implementation of SC Ag-Watch. Enhances and revises Ag-Watch to increase biosecurity on the farm and increase awareness of threats at the producer level.  Plans, develops, and exercises, in conjunction with the planning/exercise coordinator, prevention and response plans for animal agriculture disasters and terrorism, including "all-hazards" plans for catastrophic events related to animals and ESF-17. Serve as the lead for SERT for ESF-17.

25% - Essential - Outreach: Collaborates and coordinates with other departments in Clemson University PSA regarding animal emergency response activities and responsibility. Collaborates and coordinates with other State agencies, such as SCDA, DHEC, and DNR and with producer organizations, such as SCFB to maximize efficiency in agroterrorism prevention and response activities. Collaborate and coordinate with other states' officials, producer organizations and others in the region and across the country with similar interests and missions (e.g. SAADRA, SAHA, USAHA). Establishes and encourages animal agricultural producer involvement in animal emergency response planning and activities.

15% - Essential - Field Veterinarian & Extension Veterinarian: Serves as a field veterinarian for Animal Health Programs in areas of expertise and need including as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD) once certified. Serve on the Clemson Extension Livestock & Forages Programs team as an extension veterinarian for emergency preparedness.

10% - Essential - Educational Support: Assesses emergency preparedness training needs and develops and implements training opportunities.  Supports undergraduate and graduate teaching and research where possible and collaborates in other research important to the University.

10% - Essential - Funding: Researches and applies for relevant grants and cooperative agreements to increase financial resources for Livestock Poultry to carry out its mission and the duties outlined in this position description.


DVM (or equivalent) and experience with Livestock

Eligible to apply for license to practice veterinary medicine in SC

Required:  valid driver's license


MPH and experience in Animal Emergency Management

Board Certification in a relevant field of veterinary medicine is also a plus.


Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Acts as Lead - Acts as a Lead by guiding the work of others who perform essentially the same work.

No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.


  25% - Stand for prolonged period
  50% - Sit (stationary position) for prolonged period
  35% - Walk or move about
  40% - Use hands or feet to operate or handle machinery, equipment, etc
  20% - Ascend or descend (i.e. stairs, ladder)
  25% - Position self to accomplish task (i.e. stoop, kneel, crawl)
100% - Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
100% - Recognize or inspect visually
  25% - Move, transport, raise or lower
  25% - Extends hands or arms in any direction
  15% - Use taste or smell to detect or determine particular flavors or odors
100% - Perceive, observe, clarity of vision


  15% - Exposure to heat or cold
  10% - Exposure to dust/fumes
  15% - Wet or humid
  15% - Noise
  20% - Overnight Travel
  15% - Exposure to bio-hazards (i.e. blood, bodily fluids)


Standard Hrs: 37.5; Salary commensurate with qualification and experience


APPLICATION DEADLINE: For full consideration, please apply by 2/1/2020.  TO APPLY, GO TO:

Please include proof of DVM (or equivalent) in your application materials. 


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.