University of Tennessee - Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Date Posted: 
December 02, 2013 - March 02, 2014

Head, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications from qualified veterinarians for the position of Head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences ( The department prides itself on providing state-of-the-art care for pets and zoo animals in collaboration with referring veterinarians and top-notch pre-clinical and clinical instruction in anesthesiology, avian and zoological medicine, behavior, cardiology, community practice, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care medicine, integrative medicine, internal medicine, medical and radiation oncology, neurology, nutrition, ophthalmology, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation , shelter medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and theriogenology. The department maintains vibrant internship and residency programs in many clinical specialties. The department strives to actively advance scientific knowledge and improve pet health through pioneering and collaborative bench-top and clinical research ventures.

The Small Animal Clinical Sciences department includes over 50 full time faculty and routinely invests in advanced technologies including a newly renovated, onsite advanced imaging suite with nuclear medicine, CT and MRI; state of the art, high definition, minimally-invasive procedures suites, including laser lithotripsy and interventional cardiology; DEXA scanning; hyperbaric oxygen; and a cutting edge rehabilitation suite. Emergency and critical care service is provided 24 hours per day 7 days per week. The Small Animal Hospital serves over 19,000 patients each year and has benefited from recent expansion projects including 16,000 square feet of new clinical service areas and 10,000 square feet of new laboratory and office space.

The department head embodies and advocates for the vision of the department; provides leadership for departmental teaching, research, and service missions; and promotes the public image of the department. The head directs faculty recruitment, promotes professional development of staff and faculty, and carefully mentors faculty through tenure and promotion. The department head must effectively manage departmental personnel, academic and clinical budgets, and other resources, including equipment. The department head collaborates closely with the other department heads to advance the programs and missions of the Veterinary Medical Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The successful candidate must hold a DVM or equivalent degree, be board-certified with a national reputation for excellence in a professional and/or research discipline, and have knowledgeable of the range of activities of veterinary academicians and staff. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a demonstrated commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, and a vision complementary to the departmental vision, mission statements, and strategic plans of the College are required. Preferred qualifications include a record of achievement that warrants appointment to full professor and an advanced degree. Clinical, didactic, and research activities are possible and are based on the desires of the candidate. The head serves for a five year term that may be renewed. Anticipated starting date is August of 2014.

For additional information please contact the search committee chair, Dr. David Anderson at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37996, 865-974-5765, Letters of application addressing this announcement should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vita and the names (with complete mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail) of 5 individuals from whom letters of reference may be solicited by the search committee. Salary is negotiable. Nominations of qualified faculty are welcome. The initial evaluation of applicants will begin February 1, 2014, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applications and nominations should be sent to the committee chair at the above address or by e-mail.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/TitleIX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.