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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Posted: 05/25/2023
Veterinary Pathologist

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for a Veterinary Pathologist at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. This 12-month (calendar year) tenure-track appointment will provide diagnostic pathology service to the Veterinary Diagnostic Center and participate in teaching in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM). The apportionment is 65% research (directed diagnostic/scholarly service) and 35% teaching. This position will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center provides critical veterinary diagnostic services for many veterinarians and animal health stakeholders across the state of Nebraska, including testing for high consequence pathogens and foreign animal diseases. The NVDC also serves many regional and national clients. It offers necropsy, histopathology, virology, bacteriology, serology, molecular diagnostic, and limited clinical pathology services. A large percentage of the NVDC case load is direct submissions of food animal (primarily beef and poultry), providing a direct impact on the state’s significant animal agriculture economy. The USDA has continued to recognize the critical public health need for veterinary diagnostics, and numerous veterinary shortages in this area have been approved and funded in Nebraska as part of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment program (VMLRP), recognizing the high need and importance of these positions to food animal agriculture and rural food animal practice.

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The Veterinary Diagnostic Pathologist will contribute to the integrated research and teaching land-grant Mission of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and IANR, as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

The primary duty of this position is to provide scholarly diagnostic pathology service to the Veterinary Diagnostic Center. The incumbent pathologist will review case submissions, conduct necropsies, perform histological examinations, and employ other appropriate laboratory procedures for the purpose of determining a diagnosis or rendering a professional opinion from specimens submitted to the VDC, which will include a written interpretative summary of findings. The incumbent is responsible for reporting results in a concise, timely, and accurate manner to clientele of the VDC who may include referring veterinarians, animal owners, and state and federal officials. The incumbent will support the NVDC quality system and ensure work is in compliance as part of AAVLD accreditation. The incumbent will perform field investigations if necessary to aid in a diagnosis. The incumbent will contribute to diagnostic service to basic and applied research projects. The incumbent is expected to make scholarly inquiry into case materials as opportunities arise and to disseminate findings at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed publications.


The pathologist will participate in the professional teaching program of the Iowa State University-University of Nebraska PPVM. The pathologist will average 0.35 FTE as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines and will either coordinate or participate in teaching first and second year veterinary pathology courses (VMED 642 or VMED 673). The incumbent will contribute to the VDC‘s pathology residency program by participating in the education, instruction, and mentoring of veterinary pathology residents. The opportunity exists for participating in additional professional and undergraduate courses such as histology and histopathology, as desired. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on SVMBS need.

As appropriate to the appointment, the incumbent will develop high-impact diagnostic and teaching programs in pathology; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with diagnostic, research, and educational activities; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen diagnostic, research and educational activities; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for diagnostic, research, and teaching activities; mentor graduate students; and publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals. The incumbent will participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high-impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of your programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc service assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.


  • DVM degree from an AVMA-accredited institution (or successful completion of an educational equivalency certification program) that would allow eligibility to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Nebraska with USDA APHIS accreditation.
  • Eligibility for Phase I and Phase II of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) board certifying examinations or the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) equivalent.
  • MS degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Experience and qualifications sufficient for an appointment at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor with tenure.
  • At least three years of experience in veterinary diagnostic laboratory service or relevant work experience (relevant work experience could include pathology training programs and private veterinary practice).


  • Board certification in veterinary pathology (ACVP or ECVP).
  • D. in a relevant field of study.
  • Experience collaboratively instructing veterinary students, residents, and/or graduate students.
  • Experience developing and delivering outreach materials to stakeholders.
  • A record of scholarly activity relevant to the position.


Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, every person and every interaction are treated as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission.

Review of applications will begin June 20, 2023 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_230090. Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, your anticipated contributions, and your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement); 2) your curriculum vitae; and
3) contact information for three professional references.


As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.