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  • Avian Pathologist
    Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
    University of Missouri-Columbia

    VMDL Avian Pathologist Position

    The University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL) and MU Extension need a qualified avian pathologist to fulfill the tripartite mission of a land grant institution, which includes teaching, service and research. Poultry is one of Missouri’s top commodities. A poultry health specialist (board certified avian pathologist) has been recognized by MU Extension as one of the top needs of the state. The VMDL also needs an avian pathologist to teach avian diseases to veterinary students and provide diagnostic services to industry and regulatory agencies. The VMDL is the only full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in the state of Missouri. The VMDL is a Level I Lab of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and Tier I Lab of FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). The VMDL is composed of eight diagnostic service sections: anatomic pathology, avian pathology, bacteriology, clinical pathology, histopathology, molecular biology, serology and toxicology. The anatomic pathology section currently has 6 pathologists and 1 part-time boarded certified avian pathologist. The successful candidate will share responsibilities in diagnostic service with the team of anatomic pathologists, participate in teaching of veterinary professional and graduate curricula, training residents, and supporting MU research community.

    This full-time faculty appointment will be hired at the level of either tenure-track or clinical track Assistant or Associate Professor. Academic rank and tenure status will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and career aspirations. For a tenure track position, active scholarly program and extramural funding are expected. The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology will be the academic home of this position.

    Title: Assistant or Associate Professor, FTE: 1.0

    Term of Appointment: 12 months

    Tenure Status: Tenure or Clinical Track

    Type: Ranked

    Home Department: Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


    1. Teaching: 0.1 to 0.2 FTE. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Diagnostic Pathology and Special Species Medicine course offered to veterinary students (6 weeks x 8 blocks per year). Additional opportunities are available to individuals capable of teaching veterinary professional courses. If the candidate has undergraduate or graduate degree in poultry science, the individual may teach poultry production for Animal Science department. In that case, the FTE for teaching will be 0.2.

    2. Diagnostic Service: 0.4 to 0.5 FTE. The major commitment of this position is to provide comprehensive diagnostic services to poultry producers, pet bird owners, zoos, and government agencies. Responsibilities include performing postmortem examinations and biopsy evaluations, providing consultation to clients, and supervising avian serology laboratory.

    3. Extension: 0.4 FTE. The expectation of this position is to provide expertise related to poultry health, nutrition, eggs, sanitation, biosecurity, husbandry and management. The avian pathologist must work closely with university based extension research faculty associated with poultry production and practices that enhance meat and egg quality. Major extension responsibilities will include planning, implementing, conducting and evaluating a broad educational program for poultry enterprises of any sizes.


    Candidate must possess a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent. An MS or PhD degree or having an established scholarly record is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree and ACVP board certification. Candidates for an associate professor appointment should have appropriate experiences, a record of excellence in anatomical pathology diagnostics and a documented record of scholarship. A commitment to the three-fold academic missions of service, teaching and research. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Team spirit is expected.

    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Interested individuals should submit a letter stating career goals and current expertise, a curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references.

    Application materials and CV must be submitted online at

    Screening and review of applications shall begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    For more information contact:

    Michael Zinn, DVM, Dipl. American College of Veterinary Pathologists
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

    901 E. Campus Loop
    Columbia, MO 65211
    Tel 573-882-6811

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