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Large Animal Medicine

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary Commensurate with Experience.
Closing date
Mar 20, 2022

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Practice Area
Large Animal, Equine
Position Type
Professor / Educator
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University invites applications for a faculty position in Large Animal Medicine – Equine Emphasis. Depending upon the qualifications and interests of the applicant, the position will be either a Tenure track or multi-year renewable clinical appointment Health Programs track, available at the Assistant, Associate or Professor level.

We are seeking a candidate interested in transformative work in clinical service, teaching and/or research. The ideal candidate will utilize the resources of MSU to become a world recognized expert in their area and contribute to our goal to making MSU CVM a global destination for veterinary practice, teaching and research. We welcome candidates who are excited to explore new modalities of scholarship and apply them to teaching, research and service. The ideal candidate will embody the “Spartans Will” spirit.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, one of five CVM departments. The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences serves Michigan’s equine and bovine communities through didactic teaching and clinical service in the DVM program. A recent curriculum redesign embraces a competency-based systems approach to training veterinarians through the development of clinical skills, clinical reasoning, and a case-based approach to learning. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with pre-clinical and clinical students, helping them to bridge the gap between school and clinical practice. Departmental faculty also engage in extension and basic and translational research that range from biomedical research to computation methods and emphasize a One Health approach.

The College has two service units, the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. For substantial part of the responsibilities of the successful candidate will be devoted to daytime clinical duty in the VMC. Primary responsibilities include: 1) daytime clinical duty for both equine and food animal cases; 2) shared back-up duties for after-hours emergency cases; 3) development of strong relationships with referring veterinarians; 4) providing evidence-based teaching, laboratory and clinical instruction to veterinary students and residents; 5) establishing an externally funded research program or developing collaborations with faculty having established research programs (dependent on tenure or health professional track); and 6) participating in state and national outreach and continuing education.

The clinical team consists of 4 ACVS and 3 ACVIM faculty who are also board certified in ACVECC (2) as well as a full complement of board-certified specialists in ACVSMR (2), ACVR, ACVAA, ACVO, and ACVIM-cardiology & neurology. The hospital caseload is approximately 85% equine but includes all other large animal species (15%). Facilities include a fully equipped hospital with 24-hour certified nursing staff, advanced imaging, the Matilda Wilson Pegasus Critical Care and Isolation Facility and the McPhail Equine Performance Center which is fully equipped for advanced sports medicine The position offers exciting opportunities to work in a collaborative environment using state of the art equipment, including CT, MRI, nuclear scintigraphy, ultrasound, digital radiography, and fluoroscopy.

Michigan State University is an R1 research-intensive university that is home to internationally renowned faculty with broad research interests. The College of Veterinary Medicine has a mentorship program for the development of junior faculty and resources to support researchers at all stages of their careers. Additional information on some of MSU’s research resources can be found at the CVM Research Resources web page and the MSU Research Technology Support Facility

Required qualifications include DVM or equivalent degree, and board certification or eligibility for Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and/or European College of Equine Internal Medicine. The successful applicant will have proficiency in internal medicine as this is an essential component of the position. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment with other faculty members, residents, and staff. Candidates who anticipate a tenure track position should have demonstrated enthusiasm for development of an extramural funded research program as well as passion for educating the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary specialists.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The mission of the college is to be inclusive as we learn, discover, heal and protect. We, as a College, aim to identify, attract, and retain talented students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the populations in our state, the nation, and the world. Our academic, scholarly, and service roles, considered separately and collectively, form the foundation of an inclusive culture that is committed to respecting, nurturing, and advancing all individuals.

CVM Core Value of Diversity: We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided opportunity to flourish and open doors in their pursuit of excellence. We encourage and welcome our community to share ideas with us surrounding opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College's vision is to be the destination for teaching, innovation, care, and service. Six goals, backed by specific strategies, guide our organization as we move forward. Read more at to learn about the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s goals, strategies and progress.

Michigan State University is located on one of the nation's largest and most beautiful campuses, and the University is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists, teachers and leaders. East Lansing’s collegiate atmosphere is complimented by low cost of living with convenient access to large cultural centers such as Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago. East Lansing and surrounding communities provide excellent public school systems. In addition, Michigan, the Great Lakes State, with its numerous inland lakes and rivers, state and national parks, national lakeshores, world-class golf courses, and ample snowfall offers a broad variety of seasonal outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Pure Michigan© website for more details.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Veterinary Medicine

Minimum Requirements

Eligibility for Diplomate Status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.

Desired Qualifications

MS, PhD. Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine or the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically on the MSU Careers website:

  • Letter of intent that addresses specific strengths related to the position, overall qualifications, experience, accomplishments and career goals. Please include research interests and funding history 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full names and contact information (e-mail and phone) of 3 references 
  • Statement of interest that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  • Diversity and inclusion statement: Statement on your commitment to diversity.
    Diversity is defined as the state or quality of being different and as individuals we are all uniquely different. To be an inclusive campus is to respect and value differences. We embrace people from all backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Interested individuals desiring more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Pamela Ruegg, Search Committee Chair, by e-mail at or phone at 517-580-5958.

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Summary of Physical Demands

Frequent lifting and carrying of 50 pounds or more.

Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals and unfixed animal tissue. 


Department Statement

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LCS) is educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and providing the finest clinical services available.

Our diverse faculty focuses on areas ranging from dairy, food animal, and specialized equine services to intensive research and student training. They work closely with students pursuing DVM degrees, veterinarians in internship and residency programs, and MS and PhD students. Learning to better understand, diagnose, and treat disease takes place in some of the most advanced facilities and laboratories. Faculty and students work together to find new solutions and put them into practice for a better world.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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