The ALPC Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory announces an opening for an anatomic pathologist. The Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission (ALPC) is a division of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
The Veterinary Pathologist conducts comprehensive histopathological examinations on all species of animals to diagnose disease, with a distinct emphasis on proximate causation. The caseload includes a wide variety of species including livestock, pets, poultry, wildlife, zoo, and exotic animals, but priority is placed on production animals.
The incumbent is expected to contribute to the lab as a whole, including the purchasing, safety, and quality functions. Interaction with veterinarians and other professionals, animal owners, livestock producers, and animal disease regulatory officials is an integral part of this position. This position requires expertise in both individual and population medicine. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
The Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is located in Little Rock. Our location in central Arkansas puts you only 2-3 hours from hiking, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, caving, hang gliding, and numerous other outdoor activities. This position offers an excellent work-life balance. Cost of living in Little Rock is competitive for a city of this size (about 200,000 population). Little Rock is the state capital of Arkansas and home of campuses for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. There are award-winning craft brewers and wineries in Arkansas as well as a thriving food culture. Although not affiliated with a school of veterinary medicine, this laboratory has a strong track record of assisting qualified individuals in preparing for the ACVP Phase II board exam and in sponsoring recent graduates for the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program.
This position is a grade MP-04, which has a starting salary of $ 89,368 per year.
Please submit a letter of interest, complete CV, and contact information of three references to Dr. K. Denise Apperson.
Expenses from interviewing and/or relocation will not be reimbursed and will therefore be borne by the applicant.
Extensive knowledge of veterinary pathology is required. The applicant should also have broad knowledge of veterinary clinical pathology, microbiology, immunology, and toxicology as well as the ability to analyze and interpret scientific and technical journals. The applicant must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must possess a DVM or equivalent degree and must have completed a three-year residency program in veterinary anatomic pathology at an AVMA-accredited institution.
Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will bring a diagnostic perspective geared to efficient management of casework that is focused on production animals, coupled with a strong emphasis on veterinary medical outcomes consistent with the mission of the Arkansas Agriculture Department. There is also a strong regulatory component associated with this position, and the incumbent is expected to align with programmatic requirements of the State Animal Health Official and the coordinator of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
About Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
The Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AVDL) offers reliable, affordable, and convenient testing to help maintain both companion and production animal health for veterinarians and livestock producers throughout Arkansas. The lab is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for the activities listed on A2LA Scope of Accreditation 4109.01, which is in compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. See our Scope of Accreditation, here. We are a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), and the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP).