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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 740707
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: Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Veterinary/Animal Care, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Comparative Dermatology

Position Summary

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences is inviting applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Dermatology, in either the Health Programs (HP) or Tenure stream, depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate.

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. Completion of an accredited residency program and Board Certification (ACVD or ECVD) or eligibility is required. The successful applicant will join one other faculty member and a licensed veterinary nurse devoted to the Dermatology service.  

The MSU Veterinary Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility. The hospital provides comprehensive treatment of veterinary patients and is staffed by board certified specialists in anesthesiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology, emergency medicine/critical care, neurology, radiation oncology, soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation/sports medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center offers a complete array of imaging and interventional modalities including 3-D ultrasonography, digital cinefluoroscopy, endoscopy, 16-slice helical CT scanner, 1.5 Tesla onsite MRI, and access to PET CT.  Additional support services include primary care and dentistry services and a veterinary social work program. The Dermatology clinic is supported by the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) which is one of the largest full service veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the world and contributes to the clinical and research missions of the dermatology  section through services provided by a full time dermatopathologist, the clinical and anatomical pathology units, and the veterinary molecular pathology laboratory.   

The position is flexible in meeting different work arrangements and lifestyles. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include management of referral cases, supervision and clinical instruction of house officers and students, and a commitment to scholarly contributions in the candidate’s area of expertise. Participation in the pre-clinical teaching curriculum as well as contributing to the specialty service leadership are also available. Our Health Professional (HP) and tenure stream positions are dynamic and generally have a 50-75% clinical appointment for the HP track and 30-50% clinical appointment for the tenure track. Both HP and tenure faculty have equal voting rights, and the main difference between the two is a primary and independently driven research focus is expected for tenure stream faculty whereas a more collaborative research focus for HP faculty is acceptable. For both systems, effort distributions across clinical service, teaching and scholarly activities are negotiable with the Department Chairperson and are amenable to change. Merit evaluations and promotions are based on the faculty member’s performance within their assigned duties.

Michigan State University has outstanding college-based and university-wide basic and translational research programs that provide ample opportunity for collaborative research with faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and with those of the two human medical schools on campus. Additional opportunities for collaboration exist with investigators at the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, Precision Health, and a new Center of Excellence in Imaging and Image-Guided Therapies. 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.

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses, and the University is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers and leaders. East Lansing’s collegiate atmosphere is complimented by low cost of living with convenient access to large cultural 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. Visit the Pure Michigan© website for more details.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The mission of the college is to be inclusive as we learn, discover, heal and protect. We, as a College, aim to identify, attract, and retain talented students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the populations in our state, the nation, and the world. Our academic, scholarly, and service roles, considered separately and collectively, form the foundation of an inclusive culture that is committed to respecting, nurturing, and advancing all individuals. 

CVM Core Value of Diversity
We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunity to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas with us surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College's vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at to learn about the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s goals, strategies and progress.


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, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree

Minimum Requirements

• Michigan DVM license (or eligibility for licensure in the state of Michigan)
• Successful completion of a Comparative Dermatology Residency, either ACVD or ECVD-approved residency and board eligible.

Desired Qualifications

Board Certification in Veterinary Comparative Dermatology
• Proficiency in all aspects of Comparative Dermatology practice
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience working independently in a clinical setting
• Formalized teaching experience
• Leadership or practice management experience

• Experience in working with and/or mentoring pre-veterinary or veterinary students

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically on the MSU Careers website:

  • Letter of intent that addresses specific strengths related to the position, overall qualifications, experience, accomplishments and career goals. Please include research interests and funding history. 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full names and contact information (e-mail and phone) of 3 references 
  • Up to a two-page statement of interest that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, and interest and experience in teaching, clinical work and research,
  • Diversity and inclusion statement: Statement on your commitment to diversity.
    Diversity is defined as the state or quality of being different and as individuals we are all uniquely different. To be an inclusive campus is to respect and value differences. We embrace people from all backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Interested individuals wishing more information are invited and encouraged to contact Dr. Deborah V. Wilson, Chairperson, Search Committee, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, 736 Wilson Road D202, Veterinary Medical Center, East Lansing, MI  48824-1314. [; 517-355-6570].

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Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement



Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU and the College of Veterinary Medicine seek to recruit and retain a diverse student body and workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and leaning.  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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