Pathology Fellow - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Req #2483
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.

The Pathology Fellow performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in wildlife care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Pathology Fellow performs a variety of assigned pathology activities. This is a one-year position renewable for a maximum of two years.


  • Conducts and oversees gross necropsy examinations and tissue sample collections
  • Interprets clinical cytology specimens and laboratory analysis findings
  • Prepares reports and presents findings to clinical veterinarians
  • Keeps abreast of research and published literature
  • Presents documentation in the form of an external presentation or publication

The Disease Investigations group at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has an opening for the Jane and Marshall Steel Fellowship beginning on or around August 1, 2023. The available position is a 1-year, full-time fellowship in zoo and wildlife pathology. Fellows will be a part of a team of veterinary pathologists and researchers with expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, toxicology, and molecular biology.


Required qualifications include a DVM or equivalent degree and at least two years of formal pathology residency training from a qualifying program (ACVP board eligibility). ACVP board certification is preferred, but not required. The fellowship offers unique opportunities for development of diagnostic skills in anatomic and clinical pathology of nondomestic species. Fellows participate in the necropsy, biopsy, and cytology services under the supervision and instruction of five ACVP-certified pathologists. Case material includes a wide variety of non-domestic birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates derived from the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and from collaborative field conservation programs.


In addition to rotating through diagnostic duty, the fellow will work closely with clinical veterinarians, curators, and animal care staff in addressing population health issues through monthly morbidity and mortality meetings. There is an expectation to complete a research project or publication from case material. There are also opportunities for mentorship of pathology residents and veterinary student externs. There are weekly histopathology conferences to assist in preparation for the ACVP board exam, if necessary. You must upload your current CV and a letter of intent/statement of career goals along with your application.

Additional information about the group and the program can be obtained by visiting the Disease Investigations website:


And the Pathology Training Programs page:

    • Residency in veterinary pathology
    • D.V.M. or equivalent degree
    • Eligibility or certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists
    • Necropsy examinations and tissue sample collections
    • Anatomic pathology through gross and microscopic examination
    • Use word processing and database systems
    • Make presentations
    • Work with teams and effectively with others in a diverse environment
    • Communicate effectively (verbal and written)


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Salaried Full-Time Exempt One Year Fellowship
  • Salary Range: $86,200-$95,320
  • The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. Exact start date is flexible and negotiable.

Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!

At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.

As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace

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