This vacancy is for a position in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) and the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Duties will include: a) Branch Chief of the WADDL Avian Health and Food Safety Laboratory (AHFSL); b) provision of diagnostic service and outreach in avian health, including commercial and backyard poultry, and exotic and wild birds; c) provision of food safety/microbiology diagnostic services; c) small group instruction of fourth year veterinary students in the avian medicine block rotation and post DVM veterinary anatomic pathology and microbiology residents; d) scholarly activity associated with funded collaborative research and publication of diagnostic case materials; and e) academic service by participation in laboratory, department and college committees. The position is defined as 70% service/outreach, 10% teaching and 20% research/ scholarly activity/ academic service.
Devote primary effort to avian and food safety diagnostics as Branch Chief of the Avian Health and Food Safety Laboratory (AHFSL), a branch laboratory of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory located on the campus of the Washington State University Western Washington Research and Extension Center in Puyallup, Washington. Academic home will be in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. Diagnostic efforts will include provision of gross post mortem evaluation, histopathology and overall case coordination for all accessions to the AHFSL, and supervision of AHFSL microbiology, virology and serology staff. Outreach will consist primarily of consultation, communication with and presentations to the poultry industry, backyard and exotic bird owners, and food industry in Washington State, often in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and State Veterinarian’s office. The AHFSL serves as the primary avian health resource for the State of Washington. Together these efforts will total approximately 70%.
Devote 10% effort in instruction of fourth year veterinary students enrolled in VM649P, the Avian Medicine Block. Currently this consists of approximately two, two-week blocks, but expansion of this teaching opportunity is possible. Instruction will also include twice yearly guest presentations to post-DVM pathology and microbiology trainees in diagnostic avian medicine. Instructional efforts will comprise approximately 10% of the overall job responsibilities.
Devote 20% effort to collaborative research and other scholarly activity, with expectation for creative publication of diagnostic laboratory case information and collaborative research as a primary or collaborating author. The collaborative research component includes effective diagnostic support for investigators throughout the College of Veterinary Medicine and the WSU campus. There is no expectation to serve as a principal investigator on research grants or develop an independent extramurally funded research program. However, it is strongly encouraged to take advantage of ad hoc opportunities to secure funding from conservation groups, commodity groups for major or minor species, foundations, veterinary organizations and national surveillance networks to augment scholarly activity and job responsibilities. Academic service by participation in laboratory, department and college committees is expected.
A DVM (or equivalent) degree.
Satisfactory completion of a post-DVM residency training program in diagnostic avian medicine.
Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in a discipline related to avian diagnostic pathology and/or microbiology.
Diplomate status or board eligibility in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP), or American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM).
Experience in clinical microbiology.
Experience in poultry diagnostic medicine.
Experience in food microbiology/food safety.
Experience in molecular diagnostics including conventional and real-time PCR assays.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, clinicians, and practitioners.
Experience in interpreting and incorporating all laboratory results into final case summaries and diagnoses, with provision of management recommendations to clients, including regulatory veterinarians, based on those results.
A record of peer-reviewed publications.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with DVM and post-DVM students in a classroom or small group environment.
Additional Salary Information: An application letter*, curriculum vitae, and three professional letters of reference should be uploaded to https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/39241
*The application letter should indicate the applicant’s short and long term goals regarding avian diagnostic medicine, teaching and research, WADDL-AHFSL Branch Chief and outline his/her qualifications for the position, including supervision of the AHFSL, diagnostic and teaching interests.
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