Pathology Assistant

ZSL London Zoo
£16,962 plus London weighting £3,483 (Pro-rata)

Part-Time Pathology Assistant (2 month FTC)

Responsible to: Nick Masters &Edmund Flach (Veterinary Pathologist)

Outline of Role:


A temporary opportunity has arisen to join the Veterinary Department at ZSL London Zoo, based in the Pathology Laboratory in the Welcome Building. With a huge and diverse Living Collection of animals across two sites, investigating illness and mortality is a key role of the department, and having an in-house Pathology team is an essential part of achieving this.

The successful candidate assist the Veterinary Pathologist with routine diagnostic pathology duties in order to care for the health and welfare of animals in the Society's Living Collections and animals involved in wild animal surveillance activities. You will also assist the Pathologist with note and sample taking during examinations, and undertake daily duties within the Post Mortem Room and Histopathology Laboratory to keep them fully functional.


Please Note: The candidate will be expected to work 4 days per week (Monday to Friday, excluding Wednesday) and the contract is expected to run from early January to end of February 2015.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following criteria:


  • Have experience of working in a laboratory (but this is not a requirement as training will be given as necessary).
  • Must be able to operate in a team and alone.
  • Prior experience with post mortem examinations (would be an advantage, but is not essential).
  • Working knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.
  • Proficient using IT.
  • Ability to learn quickly, to show initiative and to willingly take on responsibilities.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise effectively.


To Apply:


Applicants should send a CV and Covering Letter stating why you think you are suitable for the role addressing the stated criteria by email to ZSL’s HR Department -


Closing Date:

Applications for this position close on Sunday 4th January 2015. Interviews will likely fall on the following week (W/C 5th January 2015).