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Faculty Position in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery


Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery

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 service.

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 department.

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 (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.

Job Description

Assistant or Associate Professor (Clinical Track) Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery


  1. 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 their time.
  2. Participate in teaching didactic orthopedic lectures and laboratories in the 4 years of the professional veterinary curriculum. Teaching responsibilities are shared among all orthopedic surgeons.
    • 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.
  3. Provide appropriate supervision/mentoring of house officers (interns and residents) assigned to the orthopedic service.
  4. Participate in clinical and house officer rounds as appropriate.
  5. Assist in development and maintenance of a competitive residency program in small animal surgery, including a structured residency application review process.
  6. Provide continuing education presentations for practitioners in Texas, as well as other state, national, and specialty meetings.


  1. 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 medicine/tissue engineering.
  2. 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.
  3. Work with other faculty in the department and college to help support ongoing research needs.

Patient Care

  1. 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.
  2. Supervise veterinary students and house officers in the admission, examination, and peri-operative management of small animal surgical patients.
  3. Provide consultations for Texas veterinary practitioners as requested.
  4. Provide in-house consultations to other medical and surgical services.
  5. Oversee the professional development of technicians assigned to the small animal orthopedics service.
  6. 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.
  7. Participate in emergency backup coverage for small animal surgery residents.
  8. Participate with other faculty in rotating emergency duty during holidays, Spring Break, and specialty meetings.

Committee Assignments and Administrative Duties

  1. Participate in departmental, college, and university committees as assigned.
  2. Participate in committees of other professional associations (e.g., the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Orthopedic Society) as opportunities allow.
  3. Participate in administrative duties as assigned by Department Head.

Other Duties and Considerations

  1. Participate in the promotion and advancement of a nationally-renowned small animal orthopedics service.
    1. Development of web content
    2. Production of electronic and paper promotional materials
    3. Participation in visits to referring veterinary practices within the regional referral area.
  2. Demonstrate evidence of satisfactory institutional citizenship and collegiality.
  3. Complete other duties and tasks as assigned by the Department Head.

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