Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Director

(Ref#: 353703)

University of Minnesota

  • Administration & Management - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

The Director is responsible for strategic direction and overall laboratory operations, enhancing strength and vitality of the VDL by developing new collaborations and establishing partnerships between faculty, industry, government and other potential supporters.  In collaboration with College leadership and faculty, the VDL Director will develop the operating plan of the laboratory, including the infrastructure and resources to support the plan.  The Director also is responsible for the continual assessment of the VDL capabilities to compete successfully for diagnostic services, partnerships and business development opportunities.

The position reports to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and is a 100% time annually renewable administrative appointment; faculty appointment with appropriate rank and tenure is available and based on credentials.  Responsibilities include administration (80%), with the remainder being made up of professional/diagnostic service and teaching and/or research, dependent upon interest and expertise.

Essential Functions:

Serve as chief operating officer of the VDL; Responsible for overall planning, development and implementation of VDL strategic plan.

Consult, coordinate and evaluate laboratory activities with AAVLD, other diagnostic laboratories, National Veterinary Services Labs (NVSL), state agencies (BAH, Dept of Ag, Dept of Health) and appropriate federal agencies; Ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies and ensure that accreditation standards are met for AAVLD .

Identify, develop and nurture active relationships with key partners in industry, foundations, government and other stakeholders with the objective of building relationships that support VDL strategic initiatives.

Take responsibility for diagnostic service development, relationship building and new market expansion as appropriate; communicate opportunities effectively with faculty, staff, community, government partners and Dean.

In concert with the Department Chairs, conduct assessments of the research and service environments and identify implications for planning and development of quality research, diagnostic service, and teaching programs.

Develop, implement and provide oversight for VDL systems to ensure efficient and fiscally sound operations and effective communications with stakeholders while maintaining a high standard of service.

Participate in the budget process by assisting in the management of financial resources; ensure appropriate allocation of resources through monitoring revenues and expenditures.

Develop, implement and provide oversight for systems to ensure effective management of human, financial and physical resources.

Supervise employees, including hiring, discharging, assigning work, incentive and reward systems, disciplining and managing grievances.

Education Requirement:
DVM, VMD or equivalent degree and strong research and/or teaching experience. 
Years of Experience:
Must have at least 7 years of experience working in diagnostic veterinary medicine, with at least five years of VDL operations o
Veterinary Medicine
Veterianry Population Medicine
1365 Gortner Ave
Room 225
St Paul , MN 55108
Ashley Bell,