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Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Director (CVDL)
Tufts University

Date Posted Dec. 21, 2022
Title Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Director (CVDL)
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Dean's Office
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Pathology/Pathobiology
    Veterinary Medicine - General

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is seeking a motivated, experienced diagnostic pathologist to serve as Director of the Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CVDL) ( The CVDL serves primarily the hospitals and clinics of Cummings School, which care for ~100,000 animals per year. The CVDL supports not only clinical service, but our teaching and research missions.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in expanding our diagnostic services. The Director, reporting to the Dean, will be responsible for all aspects of CVDL operations including strategic planning, and personnel, material, and fiscal management. The CVDL offers necropsy, biopsy, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, clinical pathology, and other related diagnostic services. At full staffing, the CVDL is supported by four anatomic pathologists, four clinical pathologists, three anatomic pathology residents, a manager, two administrative staff, and 13 - 15 technical staff. Additional residency programs are being considered.

The Anatomic Pathology Service processes approximately 2,300 biopsies and 550 necropsies per year.  The Clinical Pathology Laboratory performs hematology and clinical chemistry tests, urinalysis, fecal tests, cytology/fluid analysis, coagulation tests and a variety of other miscellaneous diagnostic tests serving over 50,000 clinical cases per year.  Microbiology and most serology, molecular, and endocrinology tests are sent to outside diagnostic laboratories, but we are intending to expand in-house offerings in these areas. The CVDL receives a rich diversity of cases, both common and unique, providing ample teaching and research resources.

The successful applicant will hold an academic appointment in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. In addition to administrative responsibilities, the individual will contribute to diagnostic services, will participate in the DVM teaching, mentor residents, and contribute to the academic program of small and large animal house officers.  Opportunities to engage in independent and collaborative research and scholarly activity are available and encouraged for interested candidates. There are significant opportunities to support and engage in collaborative research with clinical and basic research scientists at Cummings School, Tufts University, and other regional partners.  The departments runs the Comparative Pathology and Genomics Shared Resource which provides research services to internal and external clients and is establishing a flow cytometry shared resource. Areas of research strength in the department and the school include neurosciences, clinical research, cardiovascular health, comparative oncology, infectious disease, global health, and animal-human interactions and policy. See .

Candidates must possess a DVM or equivalent degree and be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists or European College of Veterinary Pathologists.  A minimum of 5 years of experience in diagnostic pathology is required. The Director must possess proven leadership, administrative, and management skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A demonstrated ability to work with others and build a collegial team atmosphere is essential.  Other essential characteristics include an ability to work closely and productively with clinical faculty in all disciplines and an understanding of the importance of our academic missions. Prior experience teaching and engaging in research and scholarly activity are valued, but no required. For candidates with a strong interest in research, a PhD is an asset. Salary, faculty rank, and faculty track will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is eligible for appointment with continuous term (tenure equivalent).

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2022 and the search will be continued until a suitable candidate is identified. The position start date is negotiable, but as this is a new position, it is available immediately.

Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio (  Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their qualifications, leadership and management experience, diagnostic experience, teaching experience, research interests, and interest in the position.  Please address your strengths/experiences in promoting diversity and inclusion as it relates to leadership, teaching, research, and/or service in your cover letter.  Please provide the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references.  References will not be contacted without your consent. Please direct any questions to Dr. Alastair Cribb at

Cummings School is situated in Grafton, MA on a 600-acre pastoral campus, forty-five minutes west of Boston and next door to Worcester, the second largest city in New England.  There is a regional rail service stop adjacent to campus and easy access to cultural and sporting events. The campus is a short drive from beautiful beaches, mountains, and other unique features of New England. The area is a hub of biotechnology and higher education. The K-12 education system is excellent. Housing is readily available close to campus or in any number of surrounding towns.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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