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Faculty Position in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor in Small Animal
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M
University invites applications for a clinical track faculty
position in small animal orthopedic surgery. An applicant must hold
a DVM or equivalent veterinary degree and must be a Diplomate of
the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), or must have
completed an ACVS approved residency and have met the requirements
to take the corresponding board exam. Applicants must be licensed
or eligible for regular or special licenses to practice veterinary
medicine in Texas.
The successful candidate will devote up to 75% time to clinical
instruction and patient care in the Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital. Clinical duties and the responsibility for continued
development of the orthopedic service will be shared with 3 other
orthopedic surgeons. Clinical responsibilities will include primary
management of orthopedic surgical cases, instruction of veterinary
students, mentorship of interns and surgical residents, and
participation in after-hours surgical emergency coverage. The
remaining time will be devoted to classroom and laboratory
teaching, the development of expertise with novel surgical
procedures, participation in clinical trials, and academic
The ideal applicant will possess basic proficiency in stifle,
elbow, and shoulder arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture
repair, treatment of complex angular limb deformities, and exposure
to current total joint replacement techniques. The successful
candidate will have the opportunity to interact with over 45
faculty members in the small animal hospital, and 35 interns and
residents in the other medical and surgical services in the
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is a spacious facility
with sophisticated diagnostic and patient care equipment, including
two modern digital radiography suites equipped with PACS image
storage, eFilm and OrthoviewVet templating software, complete
arthroscopy capabilities, two intraoperative fluoroscopy units, and
a 40 slice CT and 3T MRI onsite. In addition, nuclear scintigraphy,
force-plate and kinematic gait analysis, and both biomechanics and
regenerative medicine laboratories are available to facilitate
development of novel procedures and treatments. The hospital
maintains Mimics and Echopixel licenses for three-dimensional
reconstruction and subsequent 3D model printing. The OR is equipped
with a wide array of implant systems including Synthes LCP plates
(and other locking systems), Biomedtrix I-Loc interlocking nails,
and IMEX linear and circular external skeletal fixation sets.
Texas A&M University is the oldest public institution of
higher education in Texas and one of the nation’s largest and most
dynamic universities. More than 60,000 students are enrolled in the
University’s 10 academic colleges with approximately 9,000 pursuing
graduate or professional degrees. Texas A&M University is a
major research university with a growing international focus, and
outstanding public and private support and the College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has just celebrated
its 100th year.
Interested candidates should submit a statement of career goals
and professional interests, curriculum vitae, and the names of 3
individuals who have been requested by the candidate to provide
letters of professional reference to the search committee chair.
Application review will begin March 15, 2017 and applications will
be considered until the position is filled. Please send
applications to Dr. W. Brian Saunders (Chair, Search Committee),
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, 4474
TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4474. Inquiries may be directed to
Dr. Saunders at 979-845-2351 (phone), or email@example.com
(e-mail). Texas A&M University is a smoke-free workplace.
Texas A&M University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educator fully committed to
maintaining diversity among our personnel in order to strengthen
the success of our mission.
Assistant or Associate Professor (Clinical Track) Small Animal
- Utilize clinical case material and other technologies as a
means of innovative teaching of orthopedics to professional
students assigned to the orthopedic service. Clinical track faculty
are assigned to clinical teaching and patient care about 75% of
- Participate in teaching didactic orthopedic lectures and
laboratories in the 4 years of the professional veterinary
curriculum. Teaching responsibilities are shared among all
- Develop well-organized creative lectures and laboratory
materials for assigned courses in the professional curriculum.
- Participate in peer-review of teaching, a faculty mentoring
program within the Department.
- Provide appropriate supervision/mentoring of house officers
(interns and residents) assigned to the orthopedic service.
- Participate in clinical and house officer rounds as
- Assist in development and maintenance of a competitive
residency program in small animal surgery, including a structured
residency application review process.
- Provide continuing education presentations for practitioners in
Texas, as well as other state, national, and specialty
- Utilize time not assigned to clinical service, academic
service, or teaching to develop collaborative research in
orthopedics. Suggested topics of interest include clinical trial
design, management and development of novel surgical procedures,
biomechanics studies, and translational research in regenerative
- Publish the results of original work in refereed journals of
the highest quality, and present research findings to peer groups
at national and international meetings.
- Work with other faculty in the department and college to help
support ongoing research needs.
- Provide patient care in small animal surgery for clinical
patients in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Clinical
coverage of the small animal orthopedic service will be shared
among 4 orthopedic surgeons (2 tenure-track, 2 clinical track).
Clinical track faculty are assigned to clinical instruction and
patient care about 75% of their time.
- Supervise veterinary students and house officers in the
admission, examination, and peri-operative management of small
animal surgical patients.
- Provide consultations for Texas veterinary practitioners as
- Provide in-house consultations to other medical and surgical
- Oversee the professional development of technicians assigned to
the small animal orthopedics service.
- Provide leadership in the introduction of new techniques and
concepts that will enhance the quality and scope of the Veterinary
Medical Teaching Hospital’s patient-care programs.
- Participate in emergency backup coverage for small animal
- Participate with other faculty in rotating emergency duty
during holidays, Spring Break, and specialty meetings.
Committee Assignments and Administrative
- Participate in departmental, college, and university committees
- Participate in committees of other professional associations
(e.g., the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary
Orthopedic Society) as opportunities allow.
- Participate in administrative duties as assigned by Department
Other Duties and Considerations
- Participate in the promotion and advancement of a
nationally-renowned small animal orthopedics service.
- Development of web content
- Production of electronic and paper promotional materials
- Participation in visits to referring veterinary practices
within the regional referral area.
- Demonstrate evidence of satisfactory institutional citizenship
- Complete other duties and tasks as assigned by the Department
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