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Asst./Assoc./Full Professor, Soft Tissue Surgery

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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 632478
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%), Tenure System Faculty, Research/Scientific, Veterinary/Animal Care, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Soft Tissue Surgery - Asst./Assoc./Full Professor

Position Summary

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, invites applications for a Tenure System or Health Programs Faculty Appointment System (HP) position in Soft Tissue Surgery. Tenure system appointments typically have 40% or more of assignable time devoted to research and scholarship, with another 40-50% devoted to clinical instruction and patient care services.  HP appointments are unique to Michigan State University Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing and were created to enhance programs in clinical education, patient care services, and clinical research. HP faculty appointed in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences typically have 50-70% clinical assignments devoted to clinical instruction and patient care services.   In addition, HP faculty are expected to be active in research and other scholarly endeavors.  Both appointment types are expected to contribute to preclinical teaching and the general administrative efforts of the Department and College. The HP position is a multi-year renewable appointment.  We are looking to fill multiple positions, either appointment type is available at the Assistant, Associate or Professor rank depending on qualifications and experience. A complete description of the Michigan State University HP system is available at

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

Application should include: (1) letter of intent detailing career goals and interests, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) copies of diplomas, and (4) full names and contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address) of four individuals acting as references.

Special Instructions

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

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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

MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University and respects all family forms. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at

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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