Clinical Instructor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 184000 - CVM Clinical Science Department
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Clinical Instructor in Shelter Medicine/Oncology position is a hybrid position for a veterinary clinician to work with two separate services based at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine: Shelter Medicine (40%) and Small Animal Oncology (60%). Shelter Medicine

The Shelter Program at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a part-time Clinical Instructor to join the team of 3 faculty members, 1 Clinical Instructor, and 3 technicians. The Shelter Medicine Program provides spay/neuter services to 25+ shelters and rescue groups in Mississippi through 7-8 weekly surgery days shared between a stationary spay/neuter facility and a mobile surgical facility. The Shelter Program also provides weekly shelter visits for third year veterinary students to perform basic physical examinations, health maintenance evaluations, and population level recommendations for the shelter.

The Oncology service at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a part time clinical instructor to join the team of 1 faculty member, 3 technicians, and 5 supporting/affiliated Internal Medicine faculty. The service provides cancer-related diagnostics and therapy for pets from a wide geographic area (primarily Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama), averaging 60-80 cases monthly. The service also trains fourth year veterinary students in oncology as they participate in their clinical rotations.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Area of Specialization:

Shelter Medicine/Oncology

Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Shelter Medicine
The Clinical Instructor is expected to work collegially with other staff and faculty members to support the vision and mission of the Shelter Medicine Program. The Clinical Instructor will receive mentorship and training in high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgical techniques and in teaching, training, and assessing professional veterinary students. Once trained, the successful applicant will provide leadership, direction supervision, training, and assessment for veterinary students and house officers in soft tissue surgical skill acquisition with the Shelter Medicine Program.

Duties may also include working with house officers and other faculty members to accompany, supervise and teach veterinary students during walk-thru consultations at area animal shelters and rescue groups, providing written plans for improvement, assistance in disease outbreak situations, and management of various medical cases within the shelters. Additionally, the clinical instructor may be asked to assist in medical and surgical care for the animals under the stewardship of the Homeward Bound Program, with assistance by other CVM faculty and staff. Providing the occasional didactic lecture or rounds presentation for veterinary students could be included. Weekend emergency duty will be very limited but may consist of providing support by phone or in person for Community Veterinary Services boarding patients, once every 20 weeks.

The Clinical Instructor is expected to work collegially with other staff and faculty members to support the vision and mission of the Oncology service. The Clinical Instructor will receive mentorship and training in oncology-related topics, with a particular focus on staging and chemotherapy. Once trained, the Clinical Instructor will have primary case responsibility for the majority of the outpatient recheck, restage, and routine chemotherapy appointments for the Oncology service. This will involve assessment of remission status, prescription of chemotherapy drugs, protocol modification when needed, and communication with owners regarding patient status. Once trained, the Clinical Instructor will also participate in teaching third and fourth year veterinary students about chemotherapy and staging, including delivery of chemotherapy topic rounds. The Clinical Instructor will work closely with the supervising faculty member on Oncology, with backup and case oversight provided on an as-needed basis. Weekend emergency duty is not expected but the Clinical Instructor may on occasion need to stay past 5:00 pm to discharge patients, and is expected to be available by phone (within reason) on weekends if there are questions regarding ongoing cases.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful applicant must be a graduate veterinarian eligible for licensure in Mississippi. Teaching and clinical/surgical experience highly is preferred.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online. Please include cover letter and resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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