Assistant or Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine

Fairbanks, Alaska
Commensurate with experience
Jul 21, 2021
Aug 20, 2021
Practice Area
Large Animal
Position Type
Professor / Educator
Contract Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is seeking an energetic, experienced veterinary practitioner with a passion for teaching and large animal medicine to join us as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Extension Veterinarian. Your focus will be teaching (70% distribution effort for teaching) engaging a small class (14 students per cohort) of first- and second-year veterinary students in the handling and clinical exam of large animal species, as well discussion of food animal production. The incumbent will also serve as the Extension Veterinarian in the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension and will incorporate research and outreach (30%) in service to the large animal production sector in Alaska to include veterinary practitioners and livestock producers.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks partners with Colorado State University in a 2 + 2 program, where our students consistently rank highly for their communication and large-animal skills. You would continue this tradition of excellence by providing ample hands-on laboratory time utilizing both live animals and simulators and sharing your real-world knowledge and experience. Practical experience is also vital in developing productive relationships with Veterinarians and livestock producers across Alaska

Class time would incorporate didactic teaching and laboratories providing veterinary students with the foundations of basic animal handling and restraint, physical examination, animal husbandry, critical reasoning and case investigation skills including: history taking, use of the problem-oriented medical record, and assessment of physical examination findings.

Teaching in food animal production and food safety would involve engaging the students in discussions regarding production systems for dairy, beef, small ruminant, swine, and poultry, as well as welfare issues as they relate to food animals.

Additional teaching in large-animal clinical sciences would encompass large animal systems-based medicine, including case work-up, diagnosis, and therapy, utilizing traditional didactic lectures and an open discussion problem-solving format.

The Extension Veterinarian responsibilities draw on many of the same teaching skills and will incorporate research discovery in related fields. Experience and training in ruminant nutrition and management is desired.

Applicants must possess a D.V.M., as well as 5+ years of clinical practice and/or residency training in large animal medicine.

Exemplary communication skills are required. Experience in teaching veterinary students, and expertise in large animal nutrition would be great assets.

Addition effort may include large animal health, nutrition, and reproduction consults for producers, collaborative research, assisting the State Veterinarian on disease outbreaks, and interacting with local 4H groups. As a UAF faculty member, the incumbent will also provide service to the department, the college and institute, to UAF, and to the profession

Responsibilities will include advising D.V.M students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with numerous faculty in the biomedical sciences in Fairbanks and Fort Collins, including the veterinary teaching hospital.

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching interests that describes an effective and innovative teaching experience as well as the names and contact information for three references.

Fairbanks, Alaska is a vibrant and welcoming community with unparalleled access to outdoor adventure. A hunting and fishing paradise, Alaska provides an extraordinary opportunity for dog mushing and skijoring, hockey and curling, and enjoying long (22 hour) sunny summer nights watching baseball or floating the Chena River. Numerous craft breweries and distilleries have popped up in the Fairbanks area in recent years, and excellent coffee and Thai food are available around every corner. Cultural opportunities abound, including an incredible symphony, theater, and even a bagpipe band.

Informal inquiries about the position are welcomed; please email Dr. Molly Murphy at

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