Large Animal Surgery

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary Commensurate with Experience.
Closing date
Aug 20, 2023

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Practice Area
Large Animal, Equine
Position Type
Veterinary Internist / Specialist
Contract Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University invites applications for a faculty position in Large Animal Surgery – Equine emphasis. Depending upon the qualifications and experience of the applicant, the position will be a multi-year renewable Health Programs (HP) clinical appointment available at the Assistant/Associate/Professor level.

We are seeking a candidate interested in transformative work in clinical service, teaching and outreach. The ideal candidate will utilize the resources of MSU to become a world-recognized expert in their area and be part of our goal of making MSU CVM the destination for the world to find transformative veterinary practice and teaching. We welcome candidates who want to develop and explore new modalities of scholarly service and teaching. The ideal candidate will embody the “Spartans Will” spirit. 

The successful candidate will be joining one of five departments affiliated with the CVM. The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences serves Michigan through teaching about equine and food animals in the DVM program, research that ranges from biomedical research to computation methods, and clinical service to the equine and food production industries. Some faculty in the department work mainly with equine, others with cattle or research and all are dedicated to being the destination for our stakeholders. The College has two critical service units, the Veterinary Medical Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The hospital caseload is predominantly equine but includes all large animal species (bovine, caprine, ovine, porcine, camelid).

A substantial proportion of daytime clinical duty in the Veterinary Medical Center is envisioned for this position (a minimum of 70% of the position responsibility). Some after-hours emergency coverage is required for this position. The primary responsibilities of this position are: 1) Sharing primary duties for elective surgeries and daytime emergencies including food animal surgeries: 2) providing clinical service in lameness evaluation, diagnosis and treatment: 3) developing strong relationships with referring veterinarians: 4) providing didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction to veterinary students and residents; 5) participating in state and national outreach and continuing education and research activities.

The clinical team in the VMC consists of 4 ACVS and 4 ACVIM faculty that are also board certified in ACVECC (2) as well as a full complement of boarded specialists in ACVSMR (1), ACVR (1), ACVAA (4), ACVO (3), ACVIM-cardiology (2), and ACVIM-neurology (1). The hospital caseload is predominantly equine (approximately 85%) but includes all other large animal species (15%). Clinical 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 fully equipped for advanced sports medicine McPhail Equine Performance Center | College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU.

The position offers exciting opportunities to work in a collaborative environment using state of the art facilities and equipment, including state of the art imaging (including CT, MRI, nuclear scintigraphy, ultrasound, digital radiography, and fluoroscopy). The College of Veterinary Medicine has implemented a new exciting interactive evidence-based curriculum.

Michigan State University is an R1 research-intensive university home to internationally renowned faculty with broad research interests. We have numerous opportunities for collaborating on competitive research programs in areas as diverse as computation biology, diagnostic imaging, molecular and cellular biology, genomics, and bioengineering. 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, board certification or eligibility for Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgery. 

The successful applicant will have proficiency in surgery in food animal and equine 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, students, and staff. The candidate should have demonstrated enthusiasm for research as well as 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.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Other -DVM or Equivalent

Minimum Requirements

Eligibility for Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Desired Qualifications

Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. MS, PhD

Required Application Materials

Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
A letter of intent highlighting specific strengths related to this position, overall related qualifications, experience, accomplishments and career goals. For tenured and continuing system positions, include research interests and funding history.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Your most recently updated CV

Full names and contact information
(phone/email) of three (3) individuals to serve as professional references.

Teaching Philosophy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement
The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to enhancing the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) of the College and the Veterinary Profession. Candidates are asked to identify their strengths, experiences, and plans in these areas as it relates to teaching, research and/or service in a DEI statement.

Special Instructions

Interested individuals desiring more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Julie Strachota, Search Committee Chair, by e-mail

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Summary of Physical Demands

  • Work requiring lifting 50 pounds or more with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing 25 pounds or more.

Summary of Health Risks

  • Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.
  • Potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium.


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.

Advertised: May 5, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 5, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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