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Veterinary pathologist

Job Summary:

Pathology Services Unit (PSU) staff work cooperatively with other WNPRC units to provide timely and accurate diagnosis and effective monitoring and interpretation of acute and chronic conditions affecting colony animals and subjects assigned to research studies. PSU staff serve an integral role in research at the WNPRC, offering services including but not limited to: clinical pathology testing; cytology evaluation; surgical biopsy; gross post mortem examination; specialized sample collections; and histology with unbiased interpretation of lesions in reference to the experimental questions and goals. PSU pathologists work closely with investigators to provide advice concerning protocol development (both pre and post award), anatomy, disease pathogenesis, sample collection procedures, and the modification and creation of innovative procedures to answer research hypotheses. Moreover, the outstanding services provided by the PSU rapidly identify confounding effects of pathogens and unanticipated biologic responses in both research studies and the primate breeding colony. The PSU works closely with investigators researching infectious diseases, vaccine development, reproductive health, transgenic animal models, models of aging, models of neurodegenerative diseases and neurophysiology, and stem cell biology. The PSU is responsible for the collection, banking/inventory, and distribution of nonhuman primate samples through both the Nonhuman Primate Biological Materials Distribution (NHPBMD) core and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank. These banked tissues and biological samples are available to locally, nationally, and internationally located investigators for both research and education.


Provides professional comparative and diagnostic pathology services and research support to veterinary professionals delivering quality veterinary care and research guidance. Develops and implements policies and operations for the pathology laboratory to ensure compliance with institutional policies, as well as federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Contributes to the field of laboratory animal veterinary medicine through academic output.

  • 5% Provides pathology expertise and support to veterinarians to ensure the proper management of colony health
  • 25% Provides pathology expertise and research support to research investigators including advice concerning protocol development, anatomy, disease pathogenesis, sample necropsy collection procedures, and the modification and creation of innovative procedures to answer research hypotheses
  • 5% May provide expertise to other units in areas related to comparative and laboratory animal pathology, preliminary toxicologic pathology (for translational research), research animal necropsies, and histopathology
  • 5% Contributes to the formulation, evaluation, and determination of new aspects of the pathology program to ensure high quality animal care and research support
  • 35% Provides diagnostic services for colony and research subjects including complete gross post mortem and histologic evaluation of laboratory research animals, and consults and problem-solves with investigators, veterinarians, and research support staff as needed
  • 5% Ensures quality assurance of histology and pathology work
  • 5% Serves as a resource regarding other pathology expertise available at other institutions, such as corporate entities, external diagnostic laboratories, and pathologists at peer institutions
  • 10% Provides and participates in training and education in laboratory animal medicine and veterinary pathology to keep abreast of developments in the field and contribute to its advancement
  • 5% Author, co-author, and review manuscripts, book chapters, and teaching materials to advance
    scientists? knowledge and training, including presentations at local, national, and international

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Terminal Degree
D.V.M., V.M.D., or equivalent degree from an ECFVG - AVMA Listed Veterinary College and eligibility for board certification with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) required.


Three plus years in veterinary pathology work with a significant comparative and/or laboratory animal component required. Residency and other training experience will be considered. Board certification with the ACVP or ACVP board eligibility preferred but not required. Research and/or nonhuman primate experience desired but not required. Must be able to work as an integral part of a team that focuses on both independent and team-based problem-solving. A high level of personal initiative, determination to expand skills and knowledge, organization, attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and outstanding customer service are required. Must be comfortable working with both Macintosh and PC computers as well as complex electronic databases.

Expertise in the area of laboratory animal and comparative veterinary pathology is critical for the incumbent to be successful in this position. This position requires a highly motivated, detail oriented, and organized individual to work as an integral part of a team providing routine and emergency diagnostic services and research support at the WNPRC. The WNPRC is based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The WNPRC is an Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) accredited facility housing rhesus macaques, common marmosets, and cynomolgus macaques.


DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment. **The WNPRC will not sponsor an employment visa for this position.

- Applicant must be comfortable working with nonhuman primates, infectious diseases, and chemicals/medications in medical research setting and while wearing various required personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Must be TB negative.
- Applicant will be required to have a measles titer within the first week of employment. Depending on the results of the blood test, applicant may need to be immunized.
- Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles.
- Required on-call duties will include weekend, evening and holiday work.
- Training for the shipment of biologically and chemically hazardous materials is required and will be provided.
- A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
- A period of evaluation will be required.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button and use the online UW Job Application system to submit the following:

-Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
-A cover letter describing how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position
-List of contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notice.

At the WNPRC, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role, we encourage you to apply.

The WNPRC and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are committed to fostering diversity. We encourage applications from potential candidates of all race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, religion, and other group identities; and we encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Rachael Buss
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Veterinary Pathologist I(AN014)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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Applications Open: Jan 17 2023 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Feb 19 2023 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

Veterinary pathologist

University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, WI
Full Time

Published on 01/19/2023

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