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Swine Diagnostician

About this Job:

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a Veterinary Specialist/Swine Diagnostician to join the Pathology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). The ISU VDL is an AAVLD-accredited, full-service laboratory that serves veterinarians and animal owners of the state of Iowa and across the United States. Daily case work processed by the VDL includes more than 85,000 field cases per year and is diverse with swine representing the majority of submissions.

This position serves to support diagnostic pathology case coordination of swine submissions and to coordinate collaborative infectious disease outreach and research of high relevance to the Iowa, US, and global swine industry. This position will work to provide an exemplary clinical veterinary diagnostic service and to create new knowledge and techniques to improve the diagnosis and control of viral diseases affecting swine. A major component of this position is case coordination of diagnostic submissions as the primary diagnostic pathologist after appropriate training and proficiency is completed. These responsibilities include timely completion of case work, establishing effective lines of communication with submitting veterinarians, and presenting relevant information at professional or stakeholder meetings. As the primary diagnostic pathologist, duties include providing direct coordination on the diagnostic submissions from these clients and spending time with practitioners in the field. These duties will include coordinating and conducting diagnostic investigations and testing associated with emerging swine pathogens (or syndromes) of interest to the ISU VDL and animal health industry partners. Timely progress reports will be completed to report the findings of these diagnostic investigations. The flow of diagnostic case submissions being coordinated and associated disease investigations are incorporated into small group, hands-on teaching and applied diagnostic training of fourth-year veterinary students and veterinary clientele. This position will be involved in helping facilitate such training. This position will support collaborative infectious disease research efforts to develop new and improved knowledge, methods, and techniques that collectively aim to improve the diagnosis and control of viral diseases affecting swine. This work will involve directing, conducting, and interpreting a wide-array of advanced classical virology, molecular, and genetic sequencing diagnostic techniques and methodologies. In addition, this position will help to further develop and support the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine’s collaborative relationships with the greater swine veterinary diagnostic community in China.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, have strong problem-solving capabilities, be highly self-motivated, and have the ability to accurately plan, organize, manage, and implement ideas and responsibilities. In addition, the candidate will possess the ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively with internal ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine employees, external collaborators and clientele.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 34,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.


Ph.D. or other professional degree and 5 years of related experience.

The minimum required qualifications for this position are a DVM degree or equivalent and 5 years of related experience.
– Advanced professional training in Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology
– PhD in Veterinary Virology
– Demonstrated competence conducting a broad array of advanced classical virology and molecular diagnostic technologies for diagnostic and food animal infectious disease research applications.
– Experience in food animal infectious disease research (swine emphasis preferred)
– Experience working in a food animal focused veterinary diagnostic lab
– Experience working with modern swine production operations
– Experience working with colleagues in the swine industry and veterinary diagnostic operations in both the US and China

5 years
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