Cummings School Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Director
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Location: North Grafton, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Salary: $160,000 to $225,000
DVM or equivalent
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University invites applications from enthusiastic, highly motivated, board-certified veterinary pathologists with management and diagnostic experience to serve as Director of the Cummings School Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CVDL) (https://vet.tufts.edu/diagnostic-laboratory). The CVDL primarily serves Cummings School hospitals and clinics, which care for approximately 100,000 animals per year, and supports the clinical, teaching, and research missions of the school.
The Director, reporting to the Dean, will be responsible for all aspects of CVDL operations including strategic planning and personnel, material, and fiscal management. Additionally, the Director will have the critical and exciting opportunity to lead our efforts to identify areas for expansion of in-house testing. The CVDL offers necropsy, biopsy, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, clinical pathology, and other related diagnostic services. The CVDL is currently supported by four anatomic pathologists, four clinical pathologists, an assistant director (staff position), and 13 – 15 technical staff. We are in the process of reestablishing our anatomic pathology and clinical pathology residency programs.
The Anatomic Pathology Service processes approximately 2,300 biopsies and 550 necropsies per year. The Clinical Pathology Laboratory performs hematology and clinical chemistry tests, urinalyses, fecal tests, cytology/fluid analyses, coagulation tests and a variety of other miscellaneous diagnostic tests serving over 50,000 clinical cases per year. We are exploring expansion in areas such as microbiology testing and serology, molecular, and endocrinology tests; these are currently sent to outside diagnostic laboratories. The CVDL receives a rich diversity of cases, both routine and unique, providing ample teaching and research resources.
The successful applicant will hold an academic appointment in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB). In addition to administrative responsibilities, the Director will contribute to diagnostic services in their specialty, teach within the DVM curriculum, mentor residents, and contribute to the academic program of small and large animal house officers. We encourage engagement in independent and collaborative research, as well as scholarly activities as they become available. These include scholarly partnerships with biomedical researchers at Cummings School, Tufts University, and with other regional partners. The department houses the Comparative Pathology and Genomics Shared Resource (CPGSR) which provides research services to internal and external clients and the recently established Flow Cytometry Shared Resources (FCM-SR). Areas of research strengths in CPB and the School include neuroscience, clinical research, cardiovascular health, comparative oncology, infectious disease, global health, and animal-human interactions and policy. See https://vet.tufts.edu/research for additional areas of ongoing research.
Candidates must possess a DVM or equivalent degree with board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists or European College of Veterinary Pathologists in anatomic or clinical pathology. A minimum of 8 years of experience in diagnostic pathology is required. The Director must have leadership or management experience, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A demonstrated ability to work productively with others and support a collegial team atmosphere is essential. Prior experience teaching and engaging in research and scholarly activity is valued, but not required; a PhD is considered an asset. Salary, faculty rank, and faculty track will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is eligible for appointment with continuous term (tenure equivalent).
The deadline for applications to receive full consideration is December 1, 2023. 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 (https://apply.interfolio.com/133109). Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae and a cover letter. The cover letter should describe your interest in the position, qualifications, leadership and management experience, diagnostic experience, teaching experience, and research interests. Please also address your strengths/experiences in promoting diversity and inclusion as it relates to leadership, teaching, research, and/or service. Please provide the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references. References will not be contacted without your consent. Direct any questions to the Dean, Dr. Alastair Cribb, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 offers excellent benefits. Details can be found on the AccessTufts website.
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