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Assistant Professor Health Programs

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Professional Fields, Veterinary Science
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 695976
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences 10046764
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Veterinary/Animal Care, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences is inviting applications to fill two (2) Health Programs (HP) faculty positions in Veterinary Companion animal Primary Care. The position is a two year appointment with the academic rank of Assistant Professor. This is a full time appointment that has the potential for renewal. The successful applicant(s) will join a team of full time primary care faculty, 2 licensed veterinary technicians, and a veterinary assistant devoted to the primary care service. Department faculty also include specialists in surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care medicine, cardiology, neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology, medical and radiation oncology, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and anesthesia.

The duties of the successful applicant(s) include participation in the teaching and service missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Approximately 70-80% effort will be devoted to clinical service and instruction. The position involves extensive instruction of veterinary students in a teaching-hospital setting, surgical supervision of veterinary students in both a traditional hospital setting and an outreach shelter environment, and training of veterinary interns assigned to the Primary Care Service. The instructional model utilizes direct and experiential learning for preclinical and clinical veterinary students. The goals are to emphasize critical thinking, increase student autonomy, and provide hands-on experience under direct veterinary and veterinary nurse supervision, aiming for a model of excellence in companion animal first opinion and preventative care.

The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) of the College and the Veterinary Profession. Candidates are asked to identify their strengths, experiences, and plans in these areas as it relates to teaching, research and/or service in a DEI statement.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

Required Degree

Doctorate -Veterinary Medicine

Minimum Requirements

Minimum qualifications include a D.V.M. degree (or equivalent) from an AVMA accredited veterinary school and a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Michigan. At least five years of post-graduate (DVM) companion animal clinical experience, or three years of post-graduate experience + completion of a rotating or applicable specialty internship is required.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should have experience and aptitude in delivering excellent primary (first-opinion) medical, surgical, and dental care to companion (canine and feline) animals. Small non-traditional "pocket pet" clinical experience is desirable but not essential. An interest in shelter medicine and formalized teaching and/or leadership experience is also desirable.

Required Application Materials

Michigan State University has an online, centralized application procedure and all candidates are asked to submit a package including:

1) Letter of intent detailing career goals and interests

2) Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Full names and contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address, fax numbers) of 3 individuals acting as references. At least one of the references must be a veterinarian who has worked with the candidate in a veterinary capacity.

Special Instructions

Application review will immediately, and applications will be considered until the position is filled. It is desired to have the successful candidate begin on or before June 1, 2021. Interested individuals wishing more information are invited and encouraged to contact Dr. Stephan A. Carey, Chairperson, Search Committee, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, 736 Wilson Road, D208, Veterinary Medical Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314. [517-355-6570]

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Summary of Health Risks

TB risk or work within 3 feet of human patients in a health care setting or have potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium. Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

Michigan State University is a pioneer land-grant school and one of the top research universities in the world. Located on one of the nations largest and most beautiful campuses, East Lansings college-town atmosphere is complemented by a low cost of living and convenient access to other culturally-rich communities such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and
national parks, national lakeshores, world-class golf courses and four distinct seasons offers a broad variety of outdoor recreational activities. Additional information about Michigan attractions is available through the Pure Michigan website:

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Mar 31, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Mar 24, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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