Position reports to the Dean. The faculty member will primarily participate in providing small animal clinical veterinary care and teaching clinical veterinary medicine and surgery in the Pet Health Center or other College of Veterinary Medicine small animal clinical rotations where needed and directed. The faculty member is responsible for providing content expertise in small animal medicine, and incorporation of this discipline in the curriculum. Faculty member will assume various PBL roles when required to meet curricular demands and as assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The faculty member will serve as a college wide resource in small animal medicine.
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential Job Functions
1. The primary role of this position is to participate in providing clinical veterinary care and teaching clinical veterinary medicine and surgery in the Pet Health Center and other clinical rotations as needed.
2. Participating in Problem-Based learning (PBL) curriculum and case development as a small animal medicine and surgery content resource.
3. Developing and presenting PBL correlative lectures and laboratories in small animal medicine as determined in the curriculum development process.
4. Participating in ongoing faculty development in PBL.
5. Participating as a facilitator in the Problem-Based learning (PBL) curriculum.
6. Serving as a college resource in research and graduate student training.
7. Participating in other teaching duties in years 1 through 4 of the curriculum as assigned.
8. Participating in research as available and directed.
9. Participating in local, national, and/or international continuing education programs.
10. Developing and implementing programs consistent with founding commitments to student centered learning, reverence for life, and strategic partnerships and alliances.
11. Providing leadership for the planning and implementation of the Problem-Based learning curriculum.
12. Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. Ability to orally communicate with others, both in person and by telephone. Ability to effectively interact with administration, faculty, staff, students and outside contacts. 2. Ability to handle detail-oriented assignments and maintain confidentiality. 3. Organizational skills necessary in prioritizing workload and delegating responsibility. 4. Knowledge of educational needs for contemporary veterinary practice. 5. Knowledge and skills in small animal medicine.
1. EDUCATION: An earned Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM or VMD). Additional training and degrees will be considered. 2. EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 3 years clinical experience in small animal medicine and surgery. 3 Licensed or eligible to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California.
Apply online at https://jobs.westernu.edu/postings/9604 and please include a letter professing interest and relating vision, a curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for three references.
About Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
Our College offers an innovative program that graduates veterinarians who are career ready. We use a problem-based approach that stimulates contextual learning and promotes scientific inquiry. Our curriculum develops graduates that are capable of leading and being a part of an efficient health care team, providing excellent patient care, and collaboratively serve in the best interests of the publ...ic health.
The Western U College of Veterinary Medicine also capitalizes on its strategic partnerships to send students into 16 different veterinary enterprises or experiences in their third year of study, and eight or more in their fourth year. These carefully planned -- and closely supervised -- experiences occur with specialists in a real work environment designed to continue the problem-based approach used in the first two years of the curriculum. These real world experiences related to patient care should not be confused with job shadowing or apprenticeships. They are planned, monitored, and assessed.
The result is that WesternU CVM students often average 10 times the clinical skills experiences – and sometimes more – than those in other veterinary medicine programs. Most importantly, since students are exposed to clinical skills required in a real work environment – they are prepared for real work the day after they graduate.
The success of our approach is illustrated by the NAVLE passing rates of our graduates – on average greater than 95% over the past 5 years – and exemplified by high satisfaction ratings by employees of our graduates. Our graduates have been successfully employed in the full range of professional opportunities in veterinary medicine.
WesternU’s College of Veterinary Medicine follows the founding principles of the University itself, which include a humanistic, compassionate approach to patient care. These beliefs are reflected in the College’s own Reverence for Life philosophy, which ensures that animals do not come to any harm for the sole purposes of educating veterinary students.
Our College of Veterinary Medicine takes pride in being a force for social good. Our graduates are known not only as great veterinarians, but for their enthusiasm and willingness to improve the health of their communities, and for their commitment not only to their animal patients, but to their fellow human beings.
Phillip D. Nelson, DVM, PhD