Veterinary Pathologist

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staff Scientist


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   


The Veterinary Pathologist will participate in our missions of pathology diagnostic service, research collaboration, and education. They will work with other pathologists, faculty, post-doctoral students, and staff members to provide diagnostic and research support in scientific programs that involve experimental manipulations of laboratory animals for various clinical and fundamental studies in cancer and infectious disease biology and therapeutics. Additionally, the veterinary pathologist may interpret human based studies. The pathologist will participate in our missions of pathology diagnostic service, research collaboration, and education. The Veterinary Pathologists also work with the Comparative Medicine Director to maintain and improve services offered within the resource. The Veterinary Pathologist reports directly to the Director of Translational Pathology.


The Veterinary Pathologist provides support and training for all relevant pathology cases as well as to help develop new pathology-inclusive initiatives for Comparative Medicine and Experimental Histopathology. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Characterize and write summary reports regarding experimentally induced and natural occurring diseases in laboratory animals used in the Center’s scientific programs
  • Collaborate with the Center’s research investigators in planning and performing studies of non-human subjects
  • Utilize clinical, gross, microscopic, cytological, clinicopathological, imaging data, and basic molecular techniques, including in situ hybridization during review of pathology cases in order to make comprehensive assessments
  • Collaborate with the Center’s scientists to comprehensively assess the pathobiology of genetically engineered murine models, including different methods of phenotypic expression.
  • Assist in preclinical development and safety evaluation of new therapeutic compounds
  • Advise regarding the microbiological monitoring program for the Center’s laboratory murine colonies, including relevant laboratory test platforms run in-house
  • Provide training in the appropriate methods of systemic gross necropsy evaluation and tissue collection for pathology cases
  • Assist in the writing of grant applications and other narratives for purchase of new equipment, development of new pathology-inclusive initiatives, and summary progress reports of funded projects
  • Serve as a member of the Center veterinary team regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of spontaneous diseases in animals
  • Assist the Director of Translational Pathology with project-specific tasks to maintain the quality of the resource and the cost-effectiveness of facility operations
  • Work with Shared Resources administrative personnel to establish fee schedules and policies for internal and external users
  • Review and annotate digital scanned slides for TMA production
  • Assist Experimental Histopathology technical staff in IHC and ISH validation and interpretation
  • Collaborate with center scientists on the design and interpretation of multiplex digital images (IHC and/or ISH)
  • Keep current in the field by maintaining contacts with colleagues, attending conferences, attending training sessions, and advancing the knowledge base to meet the research needs of the Center’s scientific programs involving animals
  • Perform other responsibilities as required or as assigned by the Director
  • It is anticipated that 20% time will be devoted to professional improvement including research, conference attendance, manuscript preparation, Continuing Education requirement maintenance and committee service among others


Minimum qualifications:

  • Possess a DVM or equivalent degree from a veterinary college.
  • Have 1-3 years' experience working with laboratory rodents, including transgenic, knockout, and immunodeficient strains of mice in a veterinary pathologist role
  • Possess board certification by ACVP or ECVP or be board-eligible
  • Be conversant in the technology required to produce and maintain genetically modified populations of murine and in the genetic monitoring necessary to assure their integrity.
  • Be able to accurately describe and interpret gross and microscopic morphologic findings, present a pathologic diagnosis(s)
  • Make recommendations for subsequent investigative studies at the cellular, ultrastructural, and/or molecular level to support the morphologic evaluations
  • Have strong organizational skills, good written/verbal communication skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to multi-task and work as a team member in an active and competitive biomedical research environment
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of experimental biology and comparative medicine

Preferred qualifications:

  • Be certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology
  • Be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state, with Washington State preferred
  • Have an advanced research degree (i.e. MS and/or PhD)

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.  We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class.  We are an Affirmative Action employer.  We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our HR Operations at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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