unit logo

Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Microbiology Manager


The manager supervises and coordinates activities of laboratory personnel engaged in providing microbiology 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 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 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 laboratory staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees. Maintains 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 science and four years of experience working in a veterinary diagnostic lab; or a bachelor’s degree in a biological science and six years of experience working in a non-diagnostic lab. Work experience must include performing any combination of microbiology/serology/parasitology testing.

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.

To see common career pathways for each position at the University of Florida please visit the Career Paths section of the UFHR website.