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Faculty Member - Veterinary & Animal Science Department

Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA

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Professional Fields, Veterinary Science
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Under the Direction of the Dean of the Division of Health Sciences and Culinary Arts, instructs in both lecture and laboratory courses that comprise a full-time teaching load. Teaches clinical laboratory courses that include the performance of veterinary medical and surgical procedures. Provides discipline-specific expertise, advises students and addresses students’ needs, assists in course and curriculum review and development, participates in program reviews and accreditation activities, attends department and division meetings, assists with recruitment and retention efforts, serves on college committees, and performs other college service as appropriate. The strength of a community college, and of HCC in particular, comes from the diversity of our population, and we are seeking a candidate to help harness that strength to create an inclusive classroom environment which serves the educational needs of students from a variety of populations.

  • Carries out teaching responsibilities including course outcomes assessment, working toward student success and retention, and inspiring all aspects of professionalism in class and off-campus. Subject areas will include those requiring the skills and knowledge of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Assists Department Chair with providing veterinary care for all animals (large, small and lab) used in the Department’s programs.
  • Participates in Veterinary Advisory Board meetings.
  • Participates in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) training and meetings.
  • Works closely with other Veterinary & Animal Science Department faculty and staff to:
    • Maintain student Essential Task management website.
    • Develop innovative methods for teaching laboratory/field sciences.
    • Review, research, and experiment with pedagogy as well as evaluate alternative teaching strategies in science.
    • Monitor the Department’s fulfillment of critical, major and minor requirements of the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
    • Assist with preparation for CVTEA accreditation site visits.
    • Assist in continuous systemic evaluation, updating, and development of Vet & Animal Science Department lecture and laboratory curricula.
    • Continuously evaluate the adequacy of the Department’s clinical and lab equipment
    • Develop and assess the Programs’ student learning outcomes.
    • Incorporate technology into the classroom.
    • Incorporate community equity in the classroom environment.
    6. Serves as an academic advisor to students.7. Maintains professional expertise in areas of specialization. Maintains membership in the MVTA (Mass. Vet. Tech. Assn.) and Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE).8. Actively participates in department, division and professional staff meetings.9. Performs other college duties as required and participates in college programs and activities.Qualifications


    DVM or VMD degree; Active Massachusetts license to practice veterinary medicine; Three years clinical experience with proficiency in small animal medicine and surgery; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Commitment to and understanding of the mission of the community college; Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and student body of diverse abilities, age, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation.

    Note: A teaching demonstration may be part of the interview process.

    PREFERRED: Five years clinical experience; Experience working with large, small and lab animals; Community college teaching experience;Experience teaching in a veterinary technician or veterinary assistant program;Experience with CVTEA accreditation standards and student CVTEA Essential Skills completion.
    EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.

    Full-time, tenure track MCCC/MTA position

    Salary: Minimum $60,000-$70,000. Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is a nine-month position, which includes an annual teaching workload in accordance with MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Full State benefits.

    Funding Source: State
    Start Date: March, 2022

    **Please Note:Candidates for employment should be aware that all Holyoke Community College students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by January, 2022. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is committed to excellence and opportunity through diversity in education and employment. Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, and national origin, in its education programs or employment.


    Working at Holyoke Community College

    Since its founding in 1946, Holyoke Community College has focused on inspiring futures through education and training, access, and engagement. The goal is simple-exceptional preparation for personal and professional success through education for all learners.

    HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative, relevant instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step in life-whether to transfer to a four-year institution, to advance in a career, to build skills, or simply to enhance their quality of life.

    HCC faculty and staff support students in discovering their academic abilities and career aptitudes for the future they choose. We think they'll find that HCC provides the best start for attaining their goals, for one of the best dollar values in education today.


    Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws students from more than 70 cities and towns throughout the region and from beyond. As a gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, more than 100,000 students have come through the doors seeking to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges. At the college's 65th commencement in May 2012,a total of 1,000 students received approximately 1,026 associate degrees and certificates. Graduates ranged in age from 18-80, and came from 70 Massachusetts towns, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and from as far away as Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. Our international grads included citizens of Israel, Malawi, Peru and South Korea.


    HCC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community service personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend, and online classes. Academic programs, in a variety of disciplines, are designed for immediate career entry or for transfer to four-year institutions. Plus, for those seeking additional intellectual challenge in their coursework, HCC is known for its exceptional learning communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program, among other programs and services.


    HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst.

    Immediate career entry

    HCC offers short-term certificates and training for students whose goal is immediate career entry. HCC's Career Center provides additional assistance in helping students obtain employment in the region's many workplaces.

    A vibrant community resource

    Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public.

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