Department of Regional NSW
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Veterinary Pathologist

Veterinary Pathologist

  • 499384
  • Animal Care
  • Science and Technology

Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety division are currently seeking a Veterinary Pathologist to join their high performing team!

  • Ongoing full-time opportunity
  • Located Menangle NSW
  • Offering a salary range from $134,411.00p.a. to $137,095.00 + superannuation

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services.

We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

About Us 

The Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. The Department has responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity & Food Safety division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It delivers a risk-based approach to policy and compliance and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents impacting primary industries and the food sector.

About the role

This role undertakes the diagnostic pathology services associated with the Veterinary Pathology Services at EMAI to ensure delivery of efficient, timely and quality assured laboratory based testing for terrestrial and aquatic animal diseases. It also contributes to the management of the pathology training program to ensure professional succession planning. Veterinary Pathology Services is a front line diagnostic service that supports biosecurity across NSW and services private and government veterinarians within NSW and interstate.

In this role you will be required to:

  • Ensure an efficient and effective pathology service through test assignment, result interpretation and reporting within agreed time frames and ensure that the laboratory meets accreditation standards.
  • Ensure that the laboratory maintains a high level of customer service, working closely with veterinarians and clients, particularly government vets and the Local Land Services, to consistently understand and meet their needs.
  • Coordinate the pathology service through job management and providing communication between field veterinarians and laboratory professional staff.
  • Provide scientific leadership to professional and senior technical staff by maintaining a knowledge of terrestrial and aquatic animal diseases across a broad range of species to ensure that decisions made and activities undertaken meet professional expectations.
  • Provide support to less experienced pathologists to ensure a coordinated diagnostic service.
  • Ensure effective liaison across EMAI, Animal Biosecurity and Biosecurity Operations divisions on veterinary biosecurity issues.
  • Maintain active linkages with relevant sectors of the Australian government, other States, animal industry sectors and submitting veterinarians.

Essential requirements

  • Degree in Veterinary Science (BVSc) or equivalent.
  • Registration as a veterinarian with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in Australia.
  • Pathology qualification by examination, (e.g. ACVP, ECVP, MANZCVS) or equivalent diagnostic pathology experience in production animals.
  • Post Graduate qualification in veterinary pathology or related discipline is preferred.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for this position.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Zoe Spiers at View the role description

Applications close on Sunday, 18 December 2022 11:55pm

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)? 

Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW Government. 


Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 

Our people

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including - public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of Regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Inclusion and Flexible Working

We strive to reflect the community we serve and encourage our people to explore new ways of working across Regional NSW. We are open to arrangements that help individuals balance their work and life commitments. We embrace difference and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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