Thompson Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking applications for an anatomic pathologist.

Aug 06, 2021



Diagnostic Pathologist


Thompson Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory | Auburn, Alabama

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is seeking applications for a veterinary anatomic pathologist at Thompson Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory.

The Thompson Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory is the central reference laboratory for the animal diagnostic laboratory system that includes branch laboratories in Boaz, Elba, and Hanceville, Alabama. Laboratories provide animal disease diagnostic and regulatory testing for submitting veterinarians and private owners. The laboratory is located on the campus of Auburn University, with close partnership with the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Job Responsibilities

The focus of this position is contributing to the biopsy service, histopathology evaluations for branch/satellite laboratory cases, and performing necropsy and histopathology examinations for the necropsy service. The non-avian caseload will primarily include mammalian submissions and zoo and exotic cases. There is opportunity to participate in the avian diagnostic service. The pathologist is responsible for conducting necropsy and histopathology evaluations, communicating with clients orally and in writing, interpreting test results, contributing to the weekend and holiday necropsy service by rotating with other pathologists, staff training and supervision, and participation in the laboratory Quality Management system.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an AVMA-recognized school or college of veterinary medicine, and U.S. citizenship status. Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is preferred, as is board eligibility for phase II of the ACVP examination.


Starting salary will be commensurate with professional credentials, experience, and an approved level of entry for classification within the State Personnel system. Benefits include low-cost single coverage for health/vision/dental insurance with optional family health coverage, thirteen paid holidays per year, thirteen annual leave and sick days each per year, flexible employee benefit plans, and retirement plans with the Retirement Systems of Alabama, and optional deferred compensation plans.


The State of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications will be accepted, and appointments made on an equal opportunity, merit basis without regard to sex, race, age, religion, disability, color, or national origin.


Inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Heather Walz, Director, Thompson Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Lab, Auburn, AL 36832. Phone: 334-328-6510. Email: