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Veterinary Neurology / Neurosurgery Instructor/Professor (Multiple Ranks)

University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, Missouri
Closing date
Jun 5, 2024

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Job Description

The at the University of Missouri currently seeks candidates for two open faculty positions as either clinical instructors, open rank teaching professors (NTT), or open rank professors (TT). The NNS Service consists of four board-certified veterinary neurologists, three to four NNS residents in training, and a dedicated veterinary nursing staff. Together, the clinicians, students, and technician of the NNS Service, provide exceptional care for one of the most productive service lines in our teaching hospital, with over 2000 cases per year.

The successful candidate will work with the service to enhance referral caseload and to train students and house officers in neurosurgery and neurology. Additionally, the service covers didactic teaching responsibilities including classroom lectures and laboratories. The Neurology and Neurosurgery Section offers opportunities for collaborative or independent basic, translational, and clinical research. Collaborative partners include, and the MU School of Medicine.

This is a full-time, benefit eligible, 12 month/year appointment. Teaching or tenure track options are available depending on the qualifications and interests of the candidate. Distribution of effort between teaching, research, and service will depend upon whether a tenure track or teaching track option is chosen as well as the successful candidate's qualifications, career goals, and the needs of the neurology & neurosurgery section. Duties will also include:

• Providing clinical instruction of students (professional), interns, and residents in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery utilizing the caseload of the VHC.
• Contributing to the professional and graduate curriculum by participating in classroom and laboratory instruction. Opportunities for online instruction are possible.
• Representing the University, College, and VHC through outreach activities for animal-owning public, referring veterinarians, or other relevant stakeholders.
• Providing consultation to off-site, university-operated clinics.
• Participation with other faculty and house officers in after-hours call.
• Participation in the discovery process by participating in collaborative research and graduate/house officer research.
• Participation in faculty governance activities. at MU is on a mission to inclusively educate and train outstanding clinicians and scientists from diverse backgrounds, generate new knowledge, engage stakeholders, and foster economic growth, all of which promote and protect the health and welfare of animals and people. Our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional program boasts a unique curricular structure, which provides nearly two years of hands-on training in the college's general and specialty clinics. Additionally, the College is a leader in the training Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students in the areas of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Pathobiology. Simply put, our mission is to Teach, Heal, Discover, and Serve. is a state-of-the-art teaching and medical services facility for companion animals as well as livestock. The VHC has 51,211 square feet dedicated to the small animal hospital, including separate areas for our 14 specialty service lines, a full-service clinical pathology laboratory, an in-house pharmacy, as well as radiation therapy and imaging. The VHC offers the latest in neurosurgical equipment and neurodiagnostics that include advanced imaging, electrodiagnostic testing, clinicopathologic testing, DNA testing, radiation therapy, 3-D printing, dedicated Motion Analysis Laboratory and stereotaxy equipment. Electrodiagnostic testing (Cadwell Sierra Summit) includes digital EEG, EMG, nerve conduction testing, and signal averaging. Imaging modalities available in house include computed tomography (CT) (Acquillion One Scanner; 640 slices/rotation), 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance scanner (Canon), fluoroscopy (OEC 990 Elite, GE) and CT/Positron Emission Tomography scanner (Celesteion PET/CT scanner, Canon). The Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service has dedicated faculty and staff. The VHC additionally provides a supportive environment for clinical trial research and has experience in performing veterinary clinical trials.


Minimum Qualifications:

• A Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree (such as VMD, BVSc)
• Diplomate status or eligibility for certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology/Neurosurgery) or completion of an approved neurology/neurosurgery residency training by appointment start date.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

• Eligibility for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Missouri.
• Professional, residency and graduate training
• Educational and professional achievement, career goals and the needs of the college.
• Communication skills, experience working effectively in diverse environments and letters of reference will also be considered in selection of a successful candidate.
• We are seeking a candidate with interest in practicing leading-edge medicine/surgery, who has a passion for teaching, and who may have potential to participate in multidisciplinary research and establish a sustainable research program.

Application Materials

Interested candidates should be prepared to attach:

• Letter stating professional interests and career goals
• Professional transcript(s)
• Contact Information (including email addresses) for three references
• Curriculum Vitae

Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is identified. Please contact Dr. Joan Coates, Neurology & Neurosurgery Section Head at or Noah Hartsfield, HR Recruiter at 573-882-3761 or if you have questions about the position.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates may apply through the University of Missouri careers website: Select “Academic Positions” and search for Job ID: 44111.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

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In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

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