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Diagnostic Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist Assistant, Associate or Full Professor

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications.
Date posted
Nov 21, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a 12-month, 100% time, tenure track, Diagnostic Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist faculty position as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor based on candidate qualifications, academic experience and service, as well as Department, College and University standards. The laboratory is an AAVLD accredited, full service laboratory within the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department (VBSD). A high proportion of the caseload is focused on diagnostic testing in food-producing animals, but the laboratory receives submissions from a diverse range of species and case types. The ADRDL is housed within a new, state-of-the-art facility, and encompasses various diagnostic sections including Molecular Diagnostics, Serology, Food Safety, Bacteriology, Clinical Pathology, Histopathology and Virology. The ADRDL is a Tier 1 laboratory within the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), and a member of the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), FDA Genome “Trakr” Program, and Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (VetLIRN).

The Department is within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the position will report to the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department Head. In addition to the ADRDL, the Department includes the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, which is a 2+2 DVM program in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. The VBSD also includes an active and highly collaborative research environment with recently renovated research facilities.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


The duties of this position are approximately 70% diagnostic pathology service within the ADRDL primarily relating to livestock diseases significant to South Dakota and the region, 20% research and 10% advising and teaching. Diagnostic service includes necropsy and case coordination responsibilities, analyzing diagnostic data, generating case summaries, and consultation with submitting veterinarians and animal owners. The caseload is approximately 80% food animal and the remaining 20% is a combination of canine, feline, avian, wildlife, equine and exotic species. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to diagnostic service, and excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Participation in scholarly activities such as collaborative research and scientific presentations and publications are expected along with some teaching responsibilities. Supervision as a section leader based on interest and experience may be assigned. Candidates who have completed residency training and are studying for boards will be considered.


Commensurate with education, experience, and internal equity.


We offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access. The university is part of a dynamic community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, which offers an abundance of attractions and activities. South Dakota State University offers a wide range of excellent benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


  • DVM degree from an AVMA accredited veterinary college or successful certification in the foreign graduate equivalency examination (ECFVG);
  • Documentation of a minimum of 3 years of formal training in veterinary anatomic pathology (e.g. residency and/or MS/PhD in veterinary pathology);
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other individuals and agencies, and effective interpersonal skills;
  • Effective communication (written, verbal and interpersonal) skills.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position. To be considered, candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.


  • MS or PhD degree in veterinary pathology or related field;
  • Board certification in Anatomic Pathology, or eligibility for the Anatomic Pathology board examination;
  • Experience in diagnostic veterinary pathology and food animal pathology;
  • Clinical veterinary practice experience with a focus in food animal production;
  • Experience in an academic setting (e.g. collaborative research, teaching, student advising, outreach);
  • Supervisory experience.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Learn more about Brookings by visiting


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 8, 2024.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process. E-mail applications will not be accepted.

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions concerning this position, contact Dr. Tamer Sharafeldin (605) 688-5171 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.


South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher- education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2023 enrollment of 11,505, with students coming from 48 states and 74 countries. Students can choose from 88 majors, 38 specializations, 104 minors, 39 master’s degree programs, 16 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

Named the 33rd safest college town by SafeWise (2022), Brookings (pop. 23,993) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate 29, 200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university is a leader in bioprocessing, agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences.

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