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Department Head, Large Animal Clinical Sciences

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

We seek a strategic leader to foster an inclusive and diverse environment that shapes the future of large animal veterinary medicine. The Head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech will provide direction in professional veterinary/graduate education, faculty development, teaching, research, and clinical services. An individual with a record of leadership excellence and interest in clinical service, scholarship, and veterinary education will have the opportunity to work with our innovative, dedicated, and passionate faculty. The successful candidate will have opportunities to participate in teaching, research, or clinical service. Academic rank, tenure, and salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate's qualifications and experience. The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences is one of five academic departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine and incorporates in-hospital medicine and surgery, equine field service, production management medicine and equine podiatry services in Blacksburg, as well as the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Department personnel currently include 23 faculty at both locations. Department faculty are engaged in a range of clinical, population-based, and translational research with both intra- and extramural funding. Faculty teach undergraduate, professional and graduate students, as well as train clinical residents and interns. Outreach is provided to agricultural communities through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Additional details about the department can be found at (

Required Qualifications

DVM or equivalent degree
Experience in one or more of the areas of: clinical service, applied or biomedical scholarship, professional/graduate teaching, and outreach/extension.
Administrative experience, exceptional communication skills, and leadership qualities that facilitate and encourage engagement and faculty development.
Experience and excellence in identifying, recruiting, promoting, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive team of talent.
A level of productivity that would be equivalent and support appointment at the rank of Associate/Full professor.
Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced graduate degree
Diplomate of an AVMA recognized specialty college or similar internationally recognized governing body.

Pay Band

Faculty; Salary

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary; To commensurate with experience 

Review Date

February 15, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lynett Cruise at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Applications must include:

  1. A letter of interest describing teaching, research, clinical service, and leadership/administrative philosophies, and a vision of the department’s role in the college and university community

  2. A curriculum vitae

  3. A statement describing the applicant’s past experiences and a vision for inclusion and diversity in Veterinary Medicine

  4. Names, email, mailing address, and telephone numbers of (3) references

Review of applications will begin on February 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.   Please send inquiries to Dr. Laura Hungerford, Chair of Search Committee, Department Head, Population Health Sciences,

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