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Laboratory Director and Poultry Pathologist

Recruitment #17-003040-0001




27722 Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD 21801

Main Purpose of Job

This position Operates the primary poultry health diagnostic laboratory in the State and delivers full service veterinary laboratory diagnostic services to the lower Delmarva region. This region comprises one of the most dense broiler production systems in the US. As pathologist, the incumbent is the primary poultry diagnostician for the Agency and may provide all-species pathology diagnostics to regional constituents for critical cases. As the State-wide Poultry Programs Subject Matter Expert, the incumbent advises the State Veterinarian on issues of poultry health and emergency readiness and response. This position provides critical support to the Agency's mission of protecting animal and public health, promoting agriculture, ensuring consumer confidence, and protecting the environment.


Establishes laboratory operational and diagnostic procedures.

Supervises assigned laboratory staff.

Responsible for managing the laboratory budget, assigned facilities, equipment and supplies.

Provides management or oversight for regional poultry and livestock surveillance programs as assigned.

Serves as lead agency Poultry Pathology Diagnostician.

Establishes laboratory and field necropsy operational and diagnostic procedures.

Uses the Laboratory Information Management System (VADDS) to prepare case reports for poultry companies.


Education: Possession of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or a Veterinary Medical Doctor’s degree from a college or university accredited or recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Experience: Five years of post-doctoral experience in Veterinary Medicine, three years of which must have been in a Veterinary diagnostic laboratory specialty.


1. Applicants may substitute possession of a Ph.D. or D.Sc. degree in pathology or microbiology or Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists or Veterinary Microbiologists for two years of the required specialized experience.

2. Applicants may substitute possession of a M.S. degree in pathology or microbiology for one year of the required specialized experience. (Total allowable substitution under notes 1 and 2 is two years).

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in veterinary preventive medicine classification or veterinary preventive medicine specialty codes in the veterinary medical science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required and experience and education.


Preferred Qualifications:

At least one year of experience as a Veterinary Pathologist.

At least on year of poultry pathology experience.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.



Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)  

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 410-841-5846).  Mailing Address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Hazel Day at 410-841-5840 or

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.