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Assistant, Associate or Professor and Director of Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

companyUniversity of Kentucky
locationFayette County, Lexington, KY, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/16/2024
Full Time

Job Title
Assistant, Associate or Professor and Director of Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Requisition Number

Working Title
Director, University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Tenure Track Status
Tenure Track

Required Education

DVM or equivalent. Advanced degree in relevant field of study (i.e., MS, MBA, MPH, PhD).

Required Related Experience

Minimum of 5 years veterinary diagnostic laboratory or relevant work experience. Minimum of 5 years of directing/supervising experience (experience can include practice management, regulatory/policy, finance or quality management).

Required License/Registration/Certification

DVM or equivalent. Advanced degree in relevant field of study (i.e., MS, MBA, MPH, PhD).

Job Summary

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (M-G CAFE) at the University of Kentucky (UK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) located in Lexington, KY. The UKVDL Director will lead the team of faculty and staff of a full-service, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) accredited, National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) tier 2 laboratory with operations running seven days a week. The laboratory includes the following sections: bacteriology, clinical pathology, diagnostic services, epidemiology, histology, information technology, molecular biology, next-generation sequencing, quality assurance/control, pathology, ruminant extension, serology, toxicology and virology. The UKVDL mission is to develop and apply state-of-the-art diagnostic methodology to improve animal health and marketability, to protect the public health and to assist in the preservation of the human-animal bond through the principles of One Health. The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory strives to be the leading veterinary diagnostic service, research and teaching laboratory in the United States through the application of peer-reviewed, validated scientific methodology and quality control systems.

The UKVDL serves as one of the premier veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the United States, providing timely and accurate services in support of the practicing veterinary profession, livestock agriculture, the signature equine industries, the poultry industry and backyard flock operations, companion animals, wildlife, and zoo animals. The UKVDL was established in 1970 by the State Legislature of Kentucky and is charged with safeguarding the health of animal agriculture in Kentucky via veterinary diagnostic testing and disease identification/confirmation. The UKVDL laboratory is part of the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network.

Essential Functions:

The Director is responsible for oversight of all laboratory operational activities including: 1) budget development, 2) management and supervision of professional and technical staff, and 3) maintaining compliance of the quality management system program to preserve and ensure AAVLD accreditation. Within the university, the Director works closely with the UK Gluck Equine Research Center, the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences, the UK Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, and other UK academic units.

Given the agricultural landscape within Kentucky and the surrounding regions, the Director regularly interacts with the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the USDA Area Veterinarian in Charge, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Infectious Disease Branch, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, and the Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center. The Director maintains close working relationships with industry stakeholders. The Director oversees and consults with an active UKVDL Advisory Committee composed of UK and Kentucky animal health leaders, to aid in financial decision-making and future initiatives. Nationally, the Director works with AAVLD, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, NAHLN, other state diagnostic laboratories, and other state and federal agencies.

The Director oversees a cooperative teaching agreement established to instruct senior veterinary students from Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Director reports to the Associate Dean for Research in the M-G CAFE. Additional responsibilities include clinical service, team-teaching of courses for veterinary students/interns, serving on graduate student committees, mentoring residents, and the pursuit of both basic and applied research in an area of diagnostic expertise.

This position is located at the Coldstream Research Campus off Newtown Pike (great location and free parking). For additional information on the UKVDL, please click here.

Please include a CV and cover letter when applying for this position. References may be requested during the course of the selection process. Applications will be reviewed starting July 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. 

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Excellent communication skills.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Specialty board certification. An advanced degree (MS or PhD), board certification in a field related to diagnostic veterinary medicine, administrative experience including direct management and recruiting of laboratory faculty and staff, budget preparation and management, regulatory policy, thorough knowledge and experience with quality assurance/control systems, a broad knowledge of diagnostic laboratory disciplines, knowledge of IT functionality for laboratory and university settings, and evidence of administrative, interpersonal, strategic planning and organizational skills are desired for this position.

Deadline to Apply

Open Until Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.