Veterinary Pathologist

Job Posted 8/23/2023
Reynoldsburg, OH
United States
Category Farming Jobs
Job Description

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

Compensation\: Competitive salary\: $84,656 - $124,696

Who We Are\:

ODA helps Ohioans in many ways including\: supporting agriculture, protecting consumers, safeguarding plants and animals, and conserving natural resources. As a cabinet-level agency, we answer to the Governor, and we get a lot of stuff done! Ohio’s food and agriculture industry is huge, contributing $124 billion to the economy and employing one in eight people. This success starts on the farm, but these aren’t your great grandpa’s farms! They may have started way back when, but many of Ohio’s more than 70,000 farms are modern, state-of-the-art operations that use technology to maximize production to feed our growing population.

ODA is located in Reynoldsburg on a beautiful, 158-acre campus. Parking is free and so are the amazing connections you will make with professionals who are known as the best in their field.

What We Do\: 

At ODA, we do a lot that helps a lot of people. That’s a pretty big deal! We make sure the meat and food you eat and the milk you drink is safe. We protect farmland and conserve our soil and water resources. We keep Ohio’s plants, crops, and livestock free of pests and disease. We house the state’s top food safety lab and serve as a hub for a statewide lab safety system. We make sure you get what you pay for through ensuring accurate weights and measures standards. We oversee Ohio’s fairs and make sure the amusement rides you love are safe. As a member of ODA’s family, you’ll be working with a team of the highest caliber, doing work that makes a difference to all Ohioans.

What You’ll Do\:

Join the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory's (ADDL) Pathology Section today! The ADDL provides high caliber veterinary diagnostic services to Ohio's veterinarians and livestock producers. The lab helps support a $6 billion industry by conducting more than 425,000 tests each year. The Veterinary Pathologist position is responsible for\:

  • In the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Pathology Section, acts as the expert level class to conduct and oversee necropsy, mail-in and biopsy case management

  • Acts as case coordinator to assign tests, collect & interpret laboratory results & compiles findings into detailed case reports

  • Obtains case histories from various sources (e.g., animal owners, veterinarians submitting animals, tissues, feedstuffs) for diagnostic evaluation

  • Consults and coordinates with producers, veterinarians, clients on sample collection and drop-off

  • Conducts detailed necropsy, biopsy & microscopic examinations

  • Selects &/or collects appropriate specimens for diagnostic test procedures performed at the ODA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

  • Determines appropriate routine & specialized diagnostic test procedures necessary to confirm diagnosis & Uses highly specialized diagnostic techniques necessary for case resolution

  • Performs microscopic examinations of selected tissues/specimens & details morphologic findings in report form

  • Documents findings utilizing precise medical terminology in defined case report format

  • Conducts literature reviews for select cases & Consults with professional colleagues to assist in development of alternative methods for case diagnosis

  • Uses computer & laboratory information management system for case management & to distribute reports

  • Ensures timely delivery of preliminary, final and addended findings to veterinarians &/or regulatory officials

  • Requires ability to work collaboratively to build and maintain positive working relationships and ensure deadlines, goals, and objectives are met

  • Wears personal protective equipment (e.g., surgical scrubs, coveralls, lab coats, disposable gloves, aprons, N95*, PAPR*, eye goggles and face shield)

  • Documents and promptly reports reportable diseases and Select Agents to the proper authority

  • Understands & adheres to specific guidelines &/or regulations (e.g., animal disease regulatory programs & disease reporting)

  • Suggests & outlines changes affecting section or ODA laboratory policies & procedures to improve diagnostic services, laboratory efficiency, & public relations

  • Write and review standard operating procedures & Participates in laboratory’s biosafety and Quality Management System

  • Acts as subject matter expert and technical advisor in the laboratory & Acts in a public relations role that requires effective communication skills

  • Develops and presents posters & oral presentations at professional meetings & outreach and consultation with research laboratories

  • Interacts with agents of livestock, poultry & other allied agricultural agencies, county extension agents, vocational agriculture teachers/students, & other agencies of agriculture

  • Provides updates to industry meetings and stakeholder groups related to ADDL Pathology, sample submission issues, compliance with testing (i.e. CWD), etc.

  • Work one-on-one with veterinary medical students and residents rotating through the ADDL pathology section

  • Participates in an on-call rotation with other pathologists & Mentors and trains other Pathologists, Vet Path Assistants, interns, etc.

  • Participates in professional organizations (e.g., American Veterinary Medical Association [AVMA], Ohio Veterinary Medical Association [OVMA], American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians [AAVLD], American College of Veterinary Pathologist [ACVP], Midwest Association of Veterinary Pathologists [MAVP])

This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  ODA bargaining unit members have selection rights before non-bargaining unit members.  All other applications will only be considered if an internal bargaining unit applicant is not selected for this position.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion\:

ODA values its internal diversity and pledges to cultivate an inclusive and engaging environment for all employees where differences are embraced and celebrated. The agency commits to building a workforce that champions the advancement of DEI principles and initiatives. The values on which these efforts are founded are\: respect, empathy, transparency, equality, and equal access.

What’s in it for you\:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes\:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the Ohio Med PPO plan. 

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision and basic life insurance premiums are free after one year of continuous service.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave 

  • 11 paid holidays per year

  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees.  The employee contributes 10% of his/her salary towards his/her retirement.  The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary.  Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation

Maternity Benefits

·        Expanded maternity health care benefits available to state employees enrolled in the Ohio Med PPO and Ohio Med NN (narrow network) medical plan options. Several prenatal, childbirth, and post-childbirth services are  provided at no out-of-pocket cost to employees utilizing network providers.

·        Examples of services now covered by network providers at 100% include\:

o   Prenatal care, including physician visits and examinations.

o   Home health care services designated as maternity care (for expectant members on bed rest).

o   Inpatient claims for all types of delivery.

o   Inpatient NICU claims, from birth through discharge.

o   Postpartum care, including office visits for follow-up, and procedures/treatments directly related to maternity.

·        Medications prescribed for both antepartum and postpartum conditions (e.g., morning sickness, postpartum depression). Medical services provided by non-network providers will be processed at the applicable coinsurance, deductible, and out-of-pocket limits.

·        Prescription drugs that are directly related to maternity care are covered with no copay. The State of Ohio has collaborated with the prescription drug third-party administrator (OptumRx) to provide a list of covered medications that can be approved for zero copay via prior authorization from providers.

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

License to practice veterinary medicine issued by Ohio Veterinary Medical Board or eligibility for a license to practice veterinary medicine or possession of out-of-state license to practice veterinary medicine as issued by another state
Eligibility for accreditation under CFR, Title 9, Part 161 issued by United States Department of Agriculture (i.e., U.S.D.A.)
Completion of graduate program in veterinary pathology
Under supervision of board certified specialist from an accredited college of veterinary medicine &/or board certification in appropriate specialty. 


Equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

(*)Developed after employment.

If you require an accommodation for the interview process or the position, please notify the assigned recruiter.

Unusual Working Conditions\:
Exposed to potential disease-producing agents (e.g., bacteria; viruses; parasites; chemicals; other intoxicants); exposed to laboratory atmosphere/environment of animal disease diagnostic laboratory; requires prophylactic vaccination for rabies; requires periodic medical examinations & fit testing to wear N95 respirator; other duties as required; weekend/holiday duties as necessary to maintain operations.


The selected candidate for this position will be required to submit to vaccinations or show proof of vaccination upon selection.

For Questions Regarding This Posting Please Contact\:
Keary Sorgini


United States