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Langford Vets are excited to recruit an additional Clinical Pathologist to join our existing team of three Clinical Pathologists (two ACVP Diplomates). The Diagnostic Laboratories are an ECVCP (European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology) accredited laboratory, with a close-knit team encompassing expertise in Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics. The Diagnostic Laboratories are located alongside the Farm, Langford Vets first opinion practices, and Small Animal Referral Hospital. This allows delivery of fast turnaround times and exceptional patient care and provides the opportunity for the role holder to be an integral part of the wider team of clinical experts, encompassing a range of disciplines and working with a variety of animal species. 

A specialist qualification in veterinary clinical pathology is preferred (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology or the American College of Veterinary Pathology, or a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists), but board eligible clinical pathologists, and pathologists with other certifications and significant experience (ideally 3 years) in diagnostic clinical pathology will also be considered. The successful candidate must also be a member of the RCVS, or eligible for RCVS membership with full working rights in the UK.  

Langford Vets are committed to supporting the personal and professional development of staff, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration and career long learning. There is scope to incorporate the interests of the individual into the role, whether research, teaching, service optimisation or any combination of these. 

The Diagnostic Laboratories are located in North Somerset, perched on the edge of the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but just 30 minutes from the city of Bristol and 5 miles from Bristol International Airport. This provides a great opportunity for both countryside and city lovers alike.  

The appointee would be eligible for a range of company benefits, in addition to a generous pension scheme and CPD package. We also offer 5 weeks holiday per year plus Bank Holidays, Bupa Benefit, employees discount up to 50%, free onsite parking, free eye test voucher, annual flu vaccinations and enhanced maternity / paternity as an employee of Langford Vets. 

Closing date 15th September 2024.

Informal enquiries can be directed to the Director of Laboratories Pip Lait 

Job Description


Job purpose

Reports to: Clinical Pathology Clinical Lead

To provide an excellent clinical pathology service for our clients and assist in the development and expansion of Diagnostic services.

To communicate and liaise effectively with the Diagnostic Laboratories team to ensure results are released in line with the turnaround times.

To contribute to the delivery of CPD and/or training to visitors to the Diagnostic Laboratories as required.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • To provide excellent clinical pathology service to customers. Incorporating examination and interpretation of cytological samples and interpretation and release of haematologic, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, microbiology and molecular diagnostic results.
  • To participate in the quality control/assurance, expansion and refinement of the of diagnostic services.
  • To provide advice to both internal and external veterinary surgeons when required.
  • To practice clinical pathology to the standards expected by the RCVS.
  • To communicate and liaise effectively with the Diagnostic Laboratory team to ensure services are delivered to the highest standard.
  • To attend medicine rounds, to communicate with other clinicians and nurses and to ensure that excellent service is provided to support the Langford Vets caseload.
  • To support growth and development of the clinical pathology diagnostic service through involvement in marketing initiatives undertaken by Langford Vets.
  • To follow all Langford Vets’ protocols and policies.
  • To take part in and/or support clinical research projects within Langford Vets and when appropriate with University of Bristol personnel.
  • To contribute to the delivery of undergraduate teaching and to the assessment and delivery of feedback to both undergraduate and postgraduate students when on clinical pathology rotations and extramural studies (EMS), when applicable.
  • To provide mentorship to undergraduate and post graduate students.
  • To undertake relevant training as requested to expand services offered within Langford Vets
  • To proactively identify and act upon opportunities for business improvement. Openly identify and discuss problems in order to implement and sustain improvements that increase the value we deliver to our clients, employees, and students.
  • To comply with health and safety regulations within the Diagnostic Laboratories, ensuring a safe working environment, promoting a culture of safety, and promptly reporting any safety concerns or incidents.
  • To perform administrative tasks other reasonable requests made by your line manager or the Director of Laboratories.

Person Specification

Person Specification

The skills, abilities, experience and knowledge outlined below provide a summary of what is required to carry out this job effectively.



At least 3 years of working as Veterinary Surgeon in Clinical Pathology 

Experience of Diagnostic test validation


A desire to progress professionally by driving initiative in clinical practice, research, and/or teaching

Communicating effectively with administrators, nurses, scientists, and clinicians across disciplines 

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology or the American College of Veterinary Pathology, or a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists

Good team player

Experience in a teaching environment

Good organisational and prioritisation skills

Ability to network and build professional relationships

Excellent customer service skills and experience of dealing with clients in a professional manner 

Flexible approach to work 

Experience in a teaching environment 

Eligibility to work in the UK

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