Veterinary Anatomic Pathology – Veterinary Diagnostic Lab | Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

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If Pathology Is Your Passion…

Explore the career opportunities at the Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.


We are seeking a veterinary anatomic pathologist committed to providing first-rate diagnostic service in an academic setting that includes teaching veterinary students and pathology residents. Our lab’s anatomic pathology service enjoys a robust and diverse diagnostic surgical biopsy and necropsy caseload from multiple large secondary and tertiary care hospitals as well as general practices, and local, national and international research groups. You will work within a team of five anatomic pathologists at the lab’s Urbana facility. Another five anatomic pathologists are based in Chicago in the lab’s Zoological Pathology Program.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is the only state-supported diagnostic laboratory in Illinois. The laboratory is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, is a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and has implemented Standard Operating Procedures for all tests. Our caseload and staff have been growing over the past 15 years, and we are investing in facilities and equipment upgrades.

As part of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, we participate in the didactic and clinical education of veterinary students (class size of 150 students), pride ourselves in next-level service to veterinary referral partners, and support researchers around the world.

About the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and College, and University

  • Discipline-specific groups include microbiology, virology, molecular diagnostics, wildlife epidemiology, clinical pathology, parasitology, histology, and a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy laboratory
  • Supportive faculty community with mentorship program for early-career faculty and assistance in navigating the promotion processes
  • Leadership and management opportunities, depending upon your interests
  • Unlimited research and collaboration opportunities in our Tier 1 research institution as well as Chicago and Springfield campuses
  • Outstanding medical, dental, vacation, and other benefits

Join a team that is supported by dedicated and seasoned academic professionals as well as technicians and assistants. 


About the Anatomic Pathology Service

  • Processed approximately 11,000 biopsies and 1,400 necropsies in 2021
  • Full-service necropsy suite with multiple biosafety cabinets, a gross photography station, and a MacroPATH digital imaging system
  • Full-service histology laboratory with a large library of histochemical and immunohistochemical stains
  • Five anatomic pathologists in Urbana enjoy close communication and collaboration with five clinical pathologists in Urbana and five zoological anatomic pathologists in Chicago
  • Five anatomic pathology residents in Urbana trained via small group/classroom learning and continual interaction in surgical biopsy and necropsy settings
  • Four ASCP-certified histotechnologists with advanced training in histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques
  • Dedicated and seasoned team of lab technicians and assistants

Equipment supplied includes dedicated computer, microscope, and microscope camera; additional technology is available depending on the candidate’s interests.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is growing! Planned equipment upgrades include:

  • Renovation of the necropsy floor
  • Installation of a large on-site incineration unit
  • New specimen receiving office
  • High-throughput digital pathology
  • In situ hybridization capabilities

We Want You!

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine values work-life balance and collegiality. We seek new colleagues who excel clinically and academically while having fun at work and building strong relationships with coworkers.


Together we create a workplace culture that fosters respect, inclusion, trust, and support for personal and professional growth. The more diverse our community, the stronger we are. We practice compassion and selfcare. We celebrate successes, knowing that our most valuable assest is our people.

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.