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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Clinical Pathology Manager


Supervises and coordinates laboratory activities and personnel engaged in providing clinical pathology test results for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease by conducting medical laboratory tests, procedures, experiments, and analyses. The manager is responsible for the daily operations of the department and the personnel to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines, and established procedures. This position will require developing, implementing, revising, interpreting, and enforcing work instructions, company policies and procedures, and service standards.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Maintains medical laboratory equipment performance by establishing quality standards; developing operations, quality, and troubleshooting procedures; ensuring staff compliance; certifying instrument performance; arranging equipment replacement, service, and repair.
  • Maintains medical laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
  • Maintains quality results by participating in the hospital quality assurance program; performing proficiency surveys; reviewing quality control and quality assurance programs; making adjustments in policy and procedures; generating reports; maintaining records.
  • Maintains medical laboratory staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains medical laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of functional areas; identifying peak and slack periods; making operational or staffing adjustment.
  • Serves as working manager by actively participating and performing lab services on a regular basis.
  • Furnishes input for budget planning and participates in budget monitoring/management.
  • Follows all written work instructions as approved by the QA/QC program in compliance with AAVLD guidelines.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a biological or chemical field and four years of laboratory experience; or a high school diploma and six years of laboratory experience work. Experience preferably in a veterinary medical facility.

Licensure and Certification



Received: Detailed and precise instructions as outlined in service protocols and procedure. Minimal supervision is required but supervisor is normally available for advice and consultation.

Exercised: General supervision and oversight of lab operations and technicians, students and support staff. Instructions are both written and oral.

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