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VETERINARIAN 3 (Staff Pathologist) - 6730

Company: University of California - Davis
Location: Davis
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Job Description:

Department Description

The California National Primate Research Center, CNPRC at UC Davis, is an Organized Research Unit that conducts interdisciplinary research programs on significant human health problems where non-human primates is the animal of choice. In addition to its major efforts in the area of research, the CNPRC is also committed to both UC Davis and NIH missions of teaching and service.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Unit Manager, perform diagnostic and experimental pathology supporting research and disease surveillance pertaining to health and safety of CNPRC's nonhuman primate colony, which consists of 4000 nonhuman primates. Provide experimental pathology support to investigators. Diagnose potential disease outbreaks in non-human primate colony. Perform studies to advance understanding of the mechanisms of disease in nonhuman primates and humans. Responsibilities include applying advanced scientific knowledge to perform gross and microscopic evaluation of tissues, recording results, preparing complex reports presenting pathological findings, and assisting with necropsy supervision; diagnostic pathology, support for colony health care and preventive medicine programs, characterization of animal model of human disease, teaching and supervision of veterinary pathology residents and students, coordination management of diagnostic pathology services and provide research support in the collaboration and consultation of in experimental pathology. Provide expertise in veterinary pathology subspecialty, such as cytology, and clinical pathology. Engage in pathology research support services and promote collaborative activities with UCD/CNPRC faculty in biomedical research.


Salary Range

$6,858.33 - $16,558.33 /HR.

No. of Positions


Appointment Type


Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

M-F, 8 to 5


UC Davis

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-Sit and look through a microscope for extended periods of time.

-Work in a busy clinical and diagnostic laboratory setting.

-Employee is required to work with animals/tissue that is infected with a variety of agents hazardous to human (and animal) health under BioSafety Level 3 conditions.

-Work in confined spaces to extract or obtain tissue samples.

-Perform moderately complex necropsies.

-Move and handle animals weighing up to 40 pounds.

-Wear protective clothing, including gown, coveralls, gloves, masks, face shields, goggles, sleeves and head covers, for extended periods of time (including under BSL3 conditions).


-Perform assigned duties in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 facilities where non-human primates may be infected with potentially hazardous agents such as HIV, SIV or Herpes B virus.

-Employee shall participate in Participation required in preventative medical and medical monitoring programs which may include blood tests, immunizations, TB screening, blood borne and airborne pathogen training, etc., and are provided to meet Federal, State and University requirements.

-All work performed in accordance with campus, state, and federal regulations.

-Measles vaccination or proof of illness required.

-Position subject to medical surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.

-Environment is cross functional, team oriented, and fast paced.

-Required to wear protective clothing, including respirator, required as personal protection from infectious agents

-Work area is located within a defined animal area and may include biohazards.

-Flexibility with regard to unexpected non-standard work hours - must be willing to work after hours and on weekends and holidays.

-UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

-California National Primate Research Center employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.



-Doctoral degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) from an accredited veterinary school, or acceptable international equivalent in veterinary medicine.

-Completion of a pathology laboratory medicine residency program (post-D.V.M training).

-American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) board-certification and/or Board eligible to take ACVP certification exam within one year of hire.

-3 to 5+ years of pathology experience working in a diagnostic and/or experimental pathology environment.

-Experience in gross necropsy procedures and histopathology of nonhuman primates.

-Experience teaching anatomic pathology to Veterinary students and residents working with nonhuman primates.

-Experience with GLP studies and procedures, scientific applications, experimental design, data evaluation, and technical writing.

-Professional knowledge of veterinary pathology and medicine for application to the diagnosis and treatment of disease in nonhuman primates.

-Professional knowledge of nonhuman primates as models of human disease necessary to advise investigators on the design and conduct of research with nonhuman primates to maximize the quality and quantity of information gained from nonhuman primate models.

-Knowledge of institutional, local, state, national and international rules and regulations governing the use and care of nonhuman primates (USDA Animal Welfare Act, ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Endangered Species Act, FDA Good Laboratory Practice Regulations, and California Public Health Law).

-Knowledge of humane care and housing of animals with understanding of standards and guidelines as established by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).

-Knowledge of preventive medicine programs for laboratory-housed nonhuman primates including but not limited to quarantine procedures, tuberculin testing, vaccination, parasitology and bacteriology screening programs.


-Applied expertise to diagnose and characterize spontaneous diseases of nonhuman primates as potential models of human disease. Ability to interact with all segments of colony animal care staff in order to identify patterns of disease in colony animals.

-Skills to teach in the classroom situation, seminar format, and one-to-one basis. Technical writing experience, including the ability to produce manuscripts acceptable for publication in peer-review journals; and skills to give written and oral presentations at national and international specialty meetings.

-Knowledge of biomedical research with animals in relation to the animal rights movement.

-Knowledge of handling biohazard materials and the rules and regulation governing the operation of biohazard containment facilities.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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