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Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Histology Manager


The histology manager supervises and coordinates activities of laboratory personnel engaged in preparing histologic slides for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologist. The manager is responsible for the daily operations of the histology department and the personnel to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines, and established procedures. This position will require developing, implementing, revising, interpreting, and enforcing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), 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 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.
  • Follows all written work instructions as approved by the QA/QC program in compliance with AAVLD guidelines.
  • Furnishes input for budget planning/participates in budget monitoring and management.
  • Serves as working manager by actively participating and performing lab services on a regular basis including but not limited to performing immunofluorescence staining of routine and research slides; loading and programming of tissue processor following established procedures; performing preventative maintenance on microtomes, automatic stainer, cover slipper and other equipment as specified; handling surgical and necropsy specimens; perform and troubleshoot all special stains; perform and oversee quality control.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a biological science and five years of histology experience; or an AA/AS in a biological science and ten years of histology experience. Licensed as an HT/HTL (Histotechnician/Histotechnologist) in Florida.

Licensure and Certification

HT/HTL (Histotechnician/Histotechnologist) in Florida.


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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