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Companion Animal Soft Tissue Surgeon

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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: Veterinary/Animal Care, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Companion Animal Soft Tissue Surgeon

Position Summary

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, invites applications for a Health Programs (HP) Faculty Appointment in Companion Animal Soft Tissue Surgery.

HP system appointments are unique to Michigan State University Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine, 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 a predominant amount of assignable time devoted to clinical instruction and patient care services. HP faculty are encouraged to engage in research and scholarly activities commensurate with the allotted assignment time. The appointed faculty would contribute to pre-clinical teaching and the general administrative efforts of the Department and College. This HP position is a multi-year renewable appointment.

We are looking to fill one position, 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 small animal surgery team, that includes 3 board-certified Soft Tissue surgeons, 3 board certified and 1 board-eligible orthopedic surgeons, 6 ACVS residents, and 9 service-dedicated veterinary nurses. The Soft Tissue Surgery service has 3 dedicated operating rooms and advanced digital preoperative planning and intraoperative capabilities. A new state-of-the art wound management suite was customized for the Soft Tissue Surgery team. The Soft Tissue Surgery service’s minimally invasive surgery program is supported by 3 intra-operative fluoroscopy units, a radiolucent 6-axis operating table, a NIR/ICG STORZ tower, and a comprehensive array of dedicated instrumentation.

The Soft Tissue Surgery faculty work collaboratively with all other clinical services including Anesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care, Oncology (Medical and Radiation), Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Behavior, Rehabilitation, Radiology, Interventional Radiology, and Primary Care services.

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences comprises over 40 faculty providing outstanding patient care with a superb team of highly qualified veterinary nurses. Our teaching hospital, the Veterinary Medical Center, is equipped with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities including 10 operating suites, 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, and ventilator support.

The Soft Tissue Surgery service is an active program with a varied caseload and experienced faculty. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include management of referral and internal Soft Tissue Surgery cases, clinical instruction of house officers and students including on-call cases, participation in didactic pre-clinical teaching, and committee assignments. Assignments of clinical service, teaching, and scholarly activity are negotiable with the Department Chairperson. Annual merit evaluations, and promotions are based on the faculty member’s performance within these assignments.

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-Soft Tissue Surgery

Minimum Requirements

  • DVM or equivalent, Companion Animal Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Eligible for State of Michigan license to practice Veterinary Medicine
  • Surgery diplomate (ACVS preferred, will consider ECVS) or certifying examination eligibility within 2023

Desired Qualifications

  • Diplomate certification (ACVS or ECVS) is preferred over those who are board-eligible
  • Preference will be given to the American College of Veterinary Surgeon certification/eligibility

Required Application Materials

Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
A letter of intent highlighting specific strengths related to this position, overall related qualifications, experience, accomplishments and career goals. For tenured and continuing system positions, include research interests and funding history.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Your most recently updated CV

Full names and contact information
(phone/email) of three (3) individuals to serve as professional references.

Teaching Philosophy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement
The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) of the College and the Veterinary Profession. Candidates are asked to identify their strengths, experiences, and plans in these areas as it relates to teaching, research and/or service in a DEI statement.

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

The position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information of three professional references; 4) statement about teaching philosophy 5) statement about commitment to diversity. Application materials must be submitted by using the University’s online applicant system,

Please direct all inquiries, including requests for detailed position information and candidate nominations in confidence to Dr. Bari Olivier by email, or by phone, 517-281-5081.

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Summary of Health Risks

  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue


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.

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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