Small Animal Clinical Sciences Department HeadVirginia Tech
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Science in the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech seeks a creative and visionary leader for the position of Department Head. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Science has three major missions common to land grant institutions: deliver excellent professional and graduate veterinary medical education including intern and residency training, provide veterinary service to local clients and the referral veterinary community through exceptional patient care, and advance medical knowledge through research and scholarship.
The Department Head will provide leadership and management of all departmental academic, research and service activities. This entails mentorship of faculty and staff, administrative responsibility for planning, fiscal management, human resource development and communication. The Department Head is also expected to advance the research, teaching and clinical service missions of the department, nurture interdisciplinary collaboration and work toward the strategic goals of the department, college, and university. The Department Head is expected to foster scholarship and to integrate the clinical and research missions. In addition to departmental leadership responsibilities, the Head is expected to contribute personally to at least one of the core mission areas (teaching, service, research/scholarship) of the Department. The Department Head will be part of the College's leadership team and serve on the College's Executive Board.
The department has 33 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members. There are seven additional faculty FTE within the department. The College has implemented a new curriculum through all 4 years. The College has a vibrant veterinary teaching hospital with both primary care and a full range of specialty services. The faculty pride themselves in the quality of clinical service they provide and the compassionate care for their patients and clients. In addition to the Blacksburg Campus, a 16,000 sq foot Comparative Oncology Clinic is under construction in Roanoke beside the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine as part of the Fralin Biomedical Research Center. The facility will have a state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator (Varian Edge) and access to advanced imaging facilities include ultrahigh field strength MRI, PET and CT imaging. The facility will also offer general surgery referral services and have the space for other specialty services to rotate as needed/desired. In addition, the Department has a faculty member assigned to Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington to oversee a core student clerkship providing surgical experience in there spay/neuter operation and experience in a high volume shelter medicine from a premiere animal care facility. The College is planning hospital renovations and expansion that will provide capacity for the next 2025 years.
Established in 1978, the VMCVM is unique among veterinary colleges in the U.S. The college is located at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg but also serves at the instate veterinary college for the State of Maryland through its association with the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland. The college is composed of five academic departments: Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Biomedical Science and Pathobiology, and Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech plus the Department of Veterinary Medicine at University of Maryland at College Park. Student enrollment at the College includes 480 students in the DVM program, 50 graduate students in biomedical and veterinary science, 60 students in the Master's of Public Health Program, plus 30 interns and residents. The College will begin an undergraduate program in public health in the fall. Our hospitals and large animal field services treat a combined 79,000 animals annually.
Virginia Tech's main campus is located in the New River Valley, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Blacksburg offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area, and is a short driving distance from abundant public land such as the Jefferson National Forests and Appalachian Trail.
DVM or equivalent degree
Diplomate of an AVMA recognized specialty college
Demonstrated achievement in teaching, service, and research/scholarship |
Administrative experience, exceptional communication skills, and leadership qualities that facilitate and encourage engagement and faculty development
Professional achievement sufficient to be eligible for the rank professor in the Department
Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration
Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in an academic environment
Graduate degrees (MS, PhD)
Direct experience with veterinary medical education
Interest and/or experience in research mentoring of students
Willingness and ability to work in a high-tech environment consistent with computer aided instruction and distance learning
Sep 20, 2019
Please attach CV, a letter of interest describing teaching, service, research, leadership/administrative philosophies, and a vision of the Department’s role in the College and University and list of four references.
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
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