The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) is a high volume laboratory that provides a broad range of veterinary diagnostic testing services to approximately 2,500 clients. The principal objective is to provide animal disease testing services to veterinarians across the State of Wisconsin and the country.
The WVDL works closely with an array of entities and has allegiances and obligations that include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections, Division of Animal Health (DATCP); the National Wildlife Health Center (USGS); the Division of Public Health of the Department of Health Services (DHS); the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR): the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH); the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM); the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD); and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA). These alliances provide for cooperation and information transfer as each organization pursues its mission. The WVDL is a National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Core Laboratory and therefore is a part of our national defense against livestock disease disasters. A significant part of WVDL's work involves surveillance testing for the USDA and DATCP, as well as extensive testing for the national livestock genetics industry, much of which is located in Wisconsin. In addition, testing is performed in support of Wisconsin's fish industry. The WVDL has laboratories located in Madison and Barron, Wisconsin.¿
The primary duties and responsibilities include those related to a leadership position in our veterinary diagnostic laboratory section dedicated to diagnostic bacteriology; e.g., clinical bacteriology,serology, molecular diagnostics, etc. The incumbent will be the Section head for the WVDL microbiology-bacteriology section, and provide intellectual and practical working knowledge involving pathogens of animals and the array of laboratory tests available to test for them. In carrying out these responsibilities, the incumbent will supervise and direct staff in performance of diagnostic testing, interpretation of tests/testing, and reporting of results to clients and stakeholders. Other duties related to this leadership position with supervisory responsibilities include active involvement in our laboratory quality system, performance evaluations, recruitment, and training and education of staff. In addition to holding regular section meetings, the Section Head of microbiology-bacteriology works with others on the WVDL administrative team, including supervisors, section heads, and the director and associate director, and takes on other work and projects as needed. This position requires supervision and use of BSL-2 facilities, as well as BSL-3 facilities as needed. Some of the work is within the auspices sponsorship of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) program, and familiarity with this program is a plus.
This position is included in a clinical diagnostic professorial track; i.e., assistant, associate, and full clinical diagnostic professor, within the Department Pathobiological Sciences in the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.The appointment level depends upon education, relevant experience, professional and academic achievements and related factors.
Whereas the majority of work expectations lie within those discussed above, significant opportunity is available at the WVDL, UW School of Veterinary Medicine, and the UW in general for scholarly activity. These include basic and applied research, teaching, and outreach. Publication and involvement in local, national, and international scientific groups is encouraged. These activities are considered for purposes of advancement/promotion.
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Degree and area of specialization:
Applicants must either have a PhD in a relevant science-related field, or a DVM (or equivalent) from an AVMA accredited program and a MS or PhD in a relevant science related field.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Significant experience as gauged by advanced training in bacteriology is required, with a minimum of two years of training and/or work experience in the area of, or including the area of diagnostic bacteriology of animal species. Work/training experience within an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory is ideal. Minimum of 2 years of staff supervision experience is preferred, as is experience with quality assurance programs.
The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work with colleagues, technical staff, and laboratory customers and stakeholders in a positive, engaging, and professional manner.
Additional Salary Information: Salary dependent upon qualifications.
The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL) was established in 1999 by Wisconsin Act 107 (1999 Senate Bill 358) which was enacted on 28 April 2000. With that Act, effective July 1, 2000, the Wisconsin Animal Health Laboratory was transferred from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to the University of Wisconsin System and renamed the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnos...tic Laboratory. This change occurred through the collaborative efforts of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA), the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the State of Wisconsin. Continued support from the State and UW campus, along with increasing demand for diagnostics with exceptional quality, led to the design and construction of a new laboratory on the UW-Madison Campus. The current state-of-the-art facility on Easterday Lane opened its doors in 2006.
The legislation created the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory with a specific line of funding in the State budget yet part of the University of Wisconsin System and administered by the UW-Madison Campus. The mandates of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are as follows:
Provides testing and diagnostic services for all types of animals, including fish, in this state, with emphasis on services for farm animals.
Provides the diagnostic services necessary to meet the requirements for accreditation by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).
Provides the testing and diagnostic services needed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to discharge the department’s responsibilities related to disease control and animal health.
Maintain a regional laboratory in the city of Barron, Wisconsin.
In cooperation with the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, participate in research and in the provision of field services, consultation services and education as determined to be appropriate by the veterinary diagnostic laboratory board.
As part of the University of Wisconsin, the WVDL has continued to grow and currently employs approximately 75 people. In 2002, the laboratory became a core laboratory in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) of the USDA. This designation permits the laboratory to be a full partner to state and federal agencies in protecting animal agriculture.
We pride ourselves on our customer service, dedication, and forward thinking. Many members of our doctoral staff have national reputations for being leaders in their field. As part of the Wisconsin Idea, we also continually strive to be global leaders in the field of diagnostic testing and have established reputations for excellence in testing for the dairy and bull stud industries as well as emerging infectious diseases such as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). The Barron Laboratory continues to be an important part of the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) through its service to the poultry industry.