Date:  Sep 25, 2023


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Requisition No: 795877 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: VETERINARY PATHOLOGIST - 42005756 1

Position Number: 42005756 

Salary:  $45,551.05 - $130,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/01/2023 






Dr. Reddy Bommineni, (321) 697 -1405


A doctorate in Veterinary Medicine or Eligibility for licensure as a Veterinarian by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 474, and Board certified in Pathology. 

A doctorate in Veterinary Medicine or Eligibility for licensure as a Veterinarian by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 474. Residency training in anatomic pathology and two (2) years of professional experience in similar area may substitute for non-board pathologists.

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.


To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed (an attached resume is not a substitution for the information required on the candidate profile).
  • Work history, duties and responsibilities, hours worked, supervisor, and formal education fields, etc. must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Incumbent must pass a pulmonary function test with medical evaluation, must undergo and pass regular respirator fit-testing, and must wear a respirator when required.  Will be subject to the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.


Preference will be given for PhD and/or working knowledge of multiple aquaculture species.

American College of Veterinary Pathologists Diplomate designation and documented aquaculture diagnostic experience is preferred.


Monitors work performance of subordinates, including periodic written evaluations and discussions; counseling to develop skills and correct deficiencies; recognizing employee accomplishments; and recommending timely disciplinary actions as needed. Approves timesheets and leave requests.  Documents recommendations for special pay increases, reclassifications, and disciplinary actions, when appropriate. Efficiently carries out employee selection actions when vacancies are to be filled.   Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner.  Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with division and department policies and procedures.

Incumbent serves as head of the Aquaculture Section and subject matter expert for aquaculture related questions from industry, which assumes responsibility of the overall supervision of the aquaculture section.

Responsible for microscopic examination of aquaculture cases from necropsies, surgical samples and necropsy-in-a-bottle samples submitted to the laboratory by customers, reporting final results of the findings within seven working days counting after tissue dissection.

Responsible for maintaining USDA export certification and prepare the aquaculture section for the audits originating from USDA other accrediting agencies.

Responsible for validation of all aquaculture tests offered by the section/bureau and maintains up to date technology for the tests offered.

Ensures subordinates comply with federal and state laws and department/division policies and procedures related to personnel matters.

Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers/clients, providing excellent veterinary-related technical and medical information, returning all customer phone calls within 24 hours.

Remains informed on new histopathology and immunohistochemistry techniques for adoption by the bureau in order to improve diagnostic services.

Discusses cases and animal disease-related scenarios with in-house pathologist, professional laboratory staff as well as NVSL and University pathologists to enhance the overall histopathology services.

Monitors inventory for supplies, equipment, and materials for supervised areas of operation.  Ensures adequate supply of time sensitive materials and monitors expiration dates.  Ensures that procurement orders are initiated in a timely manner to maintain adequate stock to prevent complete depletion.  Ensures equipment and facilities are maintained in an orderly fashion and operated according to proper procedures. Provides a variety of assigned written reports.  Maintains data and statistics for assigned areas in a contemporaneous fashion to ensure data is readily available when leadership requests are received.

Incumbent will participate in the necropsy service rotation including, but not limited to, animal carcass unloading necropsy procedures and microscopic examination of the tissues and reporting of findings.  Incumbent obtains all pertinent clinical history of the necropsy by greeting the customer(s) upon carcass drop-off, and by maintaining open communication channels with customers throughout the process.

Incumbent is required to participate in emergency planning and response exercises and prepare subordinates in the event of a potentially zoonotic or foreign animal disease outbreak.  Incumbent follows all departmental, division and laboratory-specific safety protocols and methods and ensures subordinates adhere to standard operating procedures and plans specific to safety.

Incumbent ensures section compliance with the laboratory and AAVLD 17025 Quality Assurance policies and procedures.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck.  The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please visit;)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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