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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 777718
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, Veterinary/Animal Care, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant Professor- Vet Nursing and Primary Care

Position Summary

The Veterinary Nursing Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University invites applications from outstanding individuals for the position of Assistant Professor in the Health Programs (HP) appointment system with a dual appointment in the Veterinary Nursing Program and the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS). The College of Veterinary Medicine offers an Accredited Veterinary Nursing Program with two degree options, including a Certificate of Completion in Veterinary Nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Nursing, as well as DVM, graduate, and residency training programs. The Assistant Professor will deliver didactic and laboratory educational information to Veterinary Nursing and DVM students to meet guidelines set by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, the successful applicant will join a team of full-time primary care faculty, two licensed veterinary technicians, and a veterinary assistant devoted to the primary care service in the Veterinary Medical Center. Veterinary Medical Center 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.
This position will be responsible for teaching and continuous improvement of didactic and laboratory courses, and will include the development of educational support materials to facilitate online and hybridization of assigned courses in the Veterinary Nursing and DVM programs. The duties of the successful applicant will also include participation in the service missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Considerable effort will be devoted to clinical service and instruction. The position involves extensive instruction of veterinary and veterinary nursing 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 and veterinary nursing 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.

More information about the College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Nursing Program may be found at

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses. The University has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is home to a diverse international 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 neighboring 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 lake shores, world-class golf courses, and four seasons offers a broad variety of 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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Other -DVM or Equivalent: Primary care, Shelter

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited veterinary school; licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Michigan.

Desired Qualifications

A minimum of two years of clinically related experience is preferred, but not required.

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

Review of applications begins on June 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. Interested individuals wishing for more information are invited and encouraged to contact Dr. Kirk Munoz ( Search Committee , Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, 736 Wilson Road D202, Veterinary Medical Center, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

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Summary of Physical Demands

  • Work requiring lifting 50 pounds or more with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing 25 pounds or more

Summary of Health Risks

  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue
  • Potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium


Department Statement

We believe veterinarians make the world a better place. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) is committed to educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and bringing our skills and knowledge together to provide the best clinical services available.

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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