Assistant/Associate Professor, Veterinary Medicine (Large Animal Clinical Skills)

Tucson, AZ
Feb 17, 2021
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Vet Med Administration

Department Website Link:

Medical Sub-Speciality:


Outside of Tucson


1580 E Hanley Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737-9525 USA

Position Highlights:

University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UA-CVM) invites applications for a career track, non-tenure eligible faculty position with a focus on the development and delivery of the large animal portion of the longitudinal Clinical Skills curriculum for first and second year veterinary students. This individual will work collaboratively with faculty to foster a culture of excellence in Clinical Skills training that is hands-on, practical, and innovative by design. The UA-CVM has adopted a distributed clinical training model and does not have a Teaching Hospital. Hence, the position is strictly teaching and does not entail a clinical component or any patient care duties.

The UA-CVM curriculum is built on an inclusive, evidence-based pedagogy that is organized into organ-system blocks. The Clinical Skills laboratories are fully integrated with these systems-based courses to co-teach and apply key principles to hands-on learning. Traditional didactic lectures are not part of our teaching program. The Year 1 Clinical Skills course entails hands-on labs with and without live animals designed to create engaging, interactive experiences for students to apply knowledge and clinical reasoning to real-world problems. Skills are attempted, observed, practiced, assessed, and refined. Reflective observation is incorporated into the learning process so that students can look back on and ultimately grow from past experiences. Year 2 involvement may include the development and delivery of Advanced Clinical Skills courses.

We value an inclusive environment that fosters adaptive, innovative learners who will be successful leaders in the field of veterinary medicine. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to joining and contributing to an academic culture of inclusive and active learning. Abundant faculty development resources are available to assist faculty in developing skills in active learning strategies.

Outstanding UA benefitsinclude health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance anddisability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAUtuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state andoptional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; andmore!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Clinical Skills team members (faculty and staff) in the design, development, delivery, and refinement of the Clinical Skills course within the pre-clinical veterinary medical doctorate curriculum.
  • Demonstrate clinical skills and assess student learning through commitment to objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs): develop rubrics for and launch assessments of hands-on skills as opportunities to “check in” with students and provide constructive feedback on opportunity areas for growth.
  • Collaborate with faculty leading organ-system block courses to ensure integration of the clinical skills curriculum across the continuum of the program and deliver curriculum content to veterinary students within the CVM vision of inclusive, evidence-based Team-Based Learning and Peer Instruction pedagogy.
  • Contribute to and/or design low-fidelity non-animal teaching tools (models and modules) to maximize student proficiency and competence when it comes to performing techniques or procedures.
  • Contribute to the clinical year training by leveraging experience with equine and/or production animal species to support the development and implementation of opportunities for clinical training in large animals.
  • Participate in the development of elective courses for students with an interest in large animal, mixed animal, and/or equine practice and assist in identifying and coordinating supporting expertise for the electives.
  • Be accessible to diverse cohorts of veterinary students for office hours and scheduled meetings to assist students with learning.
  • Engage in ongoing assessment and professional development and participate in programs and professional organizations to facilitate innovation and application of best practices for clinical skills education.
  • Engage in the CVM collegial community, the university community, and the larger global academic community through participation in shared governance, advisory committees, and academic/professional society meetings.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Understanding of educational pedagogy and active learning as it relates to the clinical sciences.
  • Exposure to and/or formal training in communication (e.g. Calgary-Cambridge model).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • DVM degree (or international equivalent).
  • At least two years of clinical experience within large animal, equine, and/or mixed animal practice.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least four years of clinical experience within large animal and/or mixed animal practice.
  • Prior experience in the education of veterinary students and/or graduate trainees in clinical settings.
  • Experience in educational research and/or scholarship.
  • Board certification or board eligible in a relevant specialty, such as the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Beef Cattle, Dairy, Equine, or Food Animal practice, or Swine Health Management.

Rank :

To be Determined

Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Tanya Gonzales
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please include in your application materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief (500-word limit) description of philosophy and prior experience teaching and supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences in academic environments to ensure student success.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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