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Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist, Dean's Office, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Job ID: 14581

Updated: June 27, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Dean's Office in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist.

Reporting to the Director of Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU), the Specialist, Anatomic Pathology will provide veterinary anatomic pathology services to meet the teaching and research missions of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and its stakeholders.  Specifically, the position will support necropsy (domestic animal and wildlife), field necropsy and biopsy duty in the DSU. Pathology services are critical to the teaching and research programs of the UCVM faculty, U of C faculty, and our distributed veterinary learning community (DVLC). To meet the goals of our mission, the DSU offers a diagnostic pathology service to the broader veterinary community in Alberta.

This position is responsible for providing accurate and timely delivery of anatomic pathology services to UCVM faculty and students, U of C faculty, DVLC practices, and the broader veterinary community in support of teaching and research and for providing leadership in this area. This includes 20-24 weeks of primary duty service of direct delivery of anatomic pathology services. Diagnostic duty includes interpretation of necropsy, field necropsy and surgical submissions, interpretation of ancillary tests, report preparation and communication of results to students, veterinarians and other stakeholders. This position will further involve promotion of the diagnostic services to internal and external stakeholders. There are no formal teaching duties associated with the position, but contributions through interactions with students on rotation or in laboratories, assistance with developing teaching material, delivery of pathology rounds, supervision of residents and provision of continuing education is required. There are no formal research duties, but the Specialist, Anatomic Pathology will provide expertise for studies requiring diagnostic services and pathology support for other scholarly activities. This position requires board-certification (ACVP or ECVP) and licensure by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA). This position is predominantly located at Spy Hill Campus; however, travel to the Foothills Campus will also be required.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Support and deliver on operational principles that meet the primary teaching, research and service missions of the DSU. This includes direct delivery of anatomic pathology services (20-24 weeks of primary duty/year) and the completion and distribution of accurate pathology reports within established turnaround times.
  • Support the teaching missions of the Faculty in the DVM, graduate and residency programs through provision of service for students on the practicum rotations in the DVLC and participation in residency training programs.
  • Collaborate and work with the academic pathologists to ensure that adequate and appropriate teaching material is available for courses and practicum rotations.  This will include participating in the weekly anatomic and clinical pathology rounds, preparation of material and case descriptions to support teaching, and provision of support for research programs.
  • Support the DSU to ensure appropriate procedures are followed and that the quality of services is appropriate and consistently meets or exceed standards.
  • Follow established sample submission, reporting and billing systems.
  • Work within the budget for the Anatomic Pathology services and the DSU.  This includes working within established charges for services, record keeping systems, and billing systems.
  • Ensure that appropriate Occupational Health and Safety practices are followed on the necropsy floor and throughout the support labs.  Follow-up with appropriate changes to practices and processes when reviewing any environmental health and safety incidents.
  • Will contribute to the Hazard Assessment process, which may include working on the Safety Committee as a contributing member.
  • Establish effective working relationships with the University and DVLC community regarding the services, ensuring that the expectations for service delivery are clearly communicated.
  • Consults with management on program requirements and makes recommendations to ensure adequate infrastructure and personnel support and regarding potential improvements to processes or service delivery.
  • Must establish effective working relationships with all stakeholders and mitigate/negotiate issues through effective problem solving methods.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must be recognized as a specialist by the ABVMA, which includes completion of a DVM degree, completion of advanced anatomic pathology training (residency program) and ACVP or ECVP board certification (eligibility may be acceptable in the early stages, but must be acquired to continue in the position)
  • Must be eligible for licensure with ABVMA
  • Significant practical experience in diagnostic anatomic pathology spanning all animal species is required.  Expertise in wildlife and production animal pathology is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability and skills in anatomic pathology suitable for an academic institution dedicated to excellence in teaching and research programs
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a high volume and diverse caseload and to complete reports in required turnaround times
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction to support staff while on diagnostic duty including a minimum of 2 necropsy technicians and 2 histotechnologists
  • Thorough understanding of bio-safety / bio-containment / bio-security/ WHIMS regulations
  • Ability to assess, plan, coordinate and work under the direction of Senior Management
  • Highly-developed organizational and personal skills
  • Superior interpersonal, communication (written and oral) and collaboration skills
  • Must be flexible and team-orientated
  • Knowledge of policies of the University of Calgary and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine considered an asset
  • Must demonstrate professionalism, discretion, courtesy and respect in all interactions

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 4 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about UCVM visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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