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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences 10046764
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Faculty, Veterinary/Animal Care, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assist/Assoc Professor Health Programs Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, invites applications for a full-time, renewable faculty appointment in Soft Tissue Surgery.  The position is available at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, in our Health Programs appointment system.   The successful candidate will join our dynamic soft-tissue surgery group, and an integral member of the Surgery Section, which includes 4 orthopedic surgeons, 3 residents, two surgery-specialty-interns, 9 service-dedicated veterinary technicians. 

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences comprises 40 faculty and staff, and has an onsite, state-of-the art Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). The VMC provides outstanding patient care with a superb team of highly qualified veterinary technicians to support the specialist services. It is equipped with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities including 10 operating suites, a wound management suite, operating microscope, minimally invasive laparoscopy/thoracoscopy, 64 slice helical CT, digital cinefluoroscopy unit, intra-operative C-arm, 1.5 Tesla MRI, nuclear medicine, linear accelerator, video endoscopy, renal replacement therapy, ventilator support. We have all the supportive specialty services including 24/7 emergency and critical care, step-down ICU, internal medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, cardiology,  dentistry, primary care, interventional radiology, sports medicine and rehabilitation, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, oncology and dermatology.

The soft tissue surgery service has a strong program with a busy caseload and experienced faculty. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include management of referral soft tissue surgery cases, clinical instruction of house officers and students, and a 20-30%  commitment to scholarly contributions in the candidate’s area of expertise. Participation in the didactic pre-clinical teaching curriculum and committee assignments is also expected. Assignments of clinical service, teaching and scholarly activity are negotiable with the Department Chairperson.  Merit evaluations and promotions are based on the faculty member’s performance within the assignments.

Michigan State University has two human medical schools on campus providing unique and exciting opportunities for collaborative activities.  Such activities are encouraged at both the Departmental and College level, and support is available for grant writing, locating external funding resources, and processing grant submissions. Internal funding opportunities are also available through endowed research funds. The College of Veterinary Medicine has active faculty development and mentorship programs to facilitate career progression.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Veterinary Medicine

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree and be eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Michigan.   The candidate must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work cooperatively within a team. 

Desired Qualifications

Board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons is preferred but ACVS board-eligible candidates will be considered.   An advanced research degree and/or an interest in surgical oncology will also be favorably considered.

Required Application Materials

Michigan State University has an on-line, centralized application procedure and all candidates are asked to submit a package including: (1) letter of intent detailing career goals and interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copies of their diploma, and (4) full names and contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address) of 4 individuals acting as references.   

Special Instructions

Interested individuals wishing more information are invited and encouraged to contact Dr. Kathleen Ham, Search Committee Chair:  

Review of Applications Begins On


Summary of Health Risks

TB risk or  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 nation’s largest and most beautiful campuses, East Lansing’s college-town atmosphere is complemented by a low cost of living and convenient access to large population centers 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 ample snowfall offers a broad variety of seasonal outdoor recreational activities. Additional information about Michigan attractions is available through the Pure Michigan® website:

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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.

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