Veterinary Pathologist

Posting Date: Jun 20, 2022

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Veterinary Pathologist 

Job Requisition ID: 21442

Ministry: Agriculture & Forestry

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Permanent

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open Until Suitable Candidate is Found

Classification: Opted Out & Excluded Veterinarian Level 3

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development is responsible for policies, legislation, regulations and services necessary for Alberta’s agriculture, food and forest sectors to grow, prosper and diversify; inspiring public confidence in wildfire and forest management and the quality and safety of food; supporting environmentally sustainable resource management practices; leading collaboration that enables safe and resilient rural communities. For more information about the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development please visit our website at:


Join the team working to promote prosperity in Alberta through a strong, competitive, sustainable agriculture and food industry.  

As an integral member of the Animal Health and Assurance Branch, you will apply your specialized knowledge of veterinary pathology to support the provincial poultry and livestock industry.

The focus of this position is to provide essential diagnostic services in anatomic pathology for poultry and mammalian livestock submissions to support the Branch mandate with regards to animal health surveillance for early detection of new, emerging and foreign animal diseases that can have a negative impact on Alberta’s livestock industry and public health. The incumbent will be expected to provide disease management recommendations to the livestock and poultry industries.  The position will support the activities of the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian and other surveillance projects that monitor the health status of poultry and livestock industries. The Veterinary Pathologist provides diagnostic pathology support to the department’s Food Safety Branch (Meat Inspection Section) and the Government of Alberta’s Department of Environment and Parks (Wildlife).

Government of Alberta employees are guided by their commitment to the Alberta Public Service Values of Excellence, Integrity, Accountability and Respect.


The minimum requirements for this position are Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or equivalent) and post graduate training in anatomic veterinary pathology at a Masters’ level or completion of residency training in veterinary pathology from an accredited veterinary school and five years of related experience. Eligibility for membership in Alberta Veterinary Medical Association is required.

Post DVM research may be considered in lieu of experience on a one for one basis. 

Preference is given to candidates with:

  • Board certification or eligibility in anatomic veterinary pathology in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists;
  • At least three years of experience in diagnostic veterinary pathology with expertise in gross and microscopic veterinary pathology and other testing modalities

Assets include:

  • Working knowledge of principles of surveillance and herd health medicine applying to livestock and poultry production systems in western Canada;
  • Familiarity with provincial and federal animal health policies and other Agri-food industry-related issues;
  • Application of specialized knowledge for surveillance of endemic and emerging animal health and food safety issues;
  • Experience facilitating meetings and maintaining networks with private veterinarians, stakeholders, and other partners

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. 

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

What We Offer

Creative Problem Solving: to come up with solutions to solve complex problems while balancing the development, conservation, and use of resources

Drive for Results: to strive to exceed expectations and maximize resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the department while maintaining accountability to both internal and external stakeholders

Develop Networks: to maintain close relations with all stakeholders, actively incorporate the needs of the broader group, and ensure overall client satisfaction

Build Collaborative Environments: to ensure a collaborative approach is taken within your work to facilitate open communication and leverage team skills to achieve desired outcomes

Agility: to identify alternative approaches or courses of action in unclear and complex situations. Supports others to identify, assess, and use alternative approaches


$3,162.26 to $4,192.56 biweekly ($82,534 to $109,425 / year)


This role is a permanent, full time position with the standard weekly work hours as 36.25, Monday to Friday. Occasional travel within the province for on-farm investigation may be required.  Final candidates will be asked to do a technical presentation as part of the position certification process. 

What We Offer

How To Apply

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Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.  

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It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Applicants are encouraged to include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Karen Jackman at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.