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Asst./Assoc./Professor Companion Animal Neurology

Small animal

Expires: 25-04-2024

MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, invites applications for a Tenure System (TS) or a multi-year renewable Health Programs (HP) Faculty Appointment position in Companion Animal Neurology at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, depending on qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will join our neurology team, that includes one board-certified neurologist, one service-dedicated veterinary nurse and one service-dedicated veterinary assistant. The neurology service has a dedicated operating room and advanced digital preoperative planning and intraoperative capabilities. A comprehensive array of dedicated instrumentation is available with minimally invasive techniques being supported by 3 intra-operative fluoroscopy units.  The neurology service works collaboratively with all other clinical services including Anesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care, Oncology (Medical and Radiation), Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Behavior, Rehabilitation, Radiology, Interventional Radiology, and Primary Care services.   

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences comprises over 40 faculty providing outstanding patient care with a superb team of highly qualified veterinary nurses. Our teaching hospital, the Veterinary Medical Center, is equipped with advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities including 10 operating suites, operating microscope, minimally invasive laparoscopy/thoracoscopy, 64 slice helical CT, digital cinefluoroscopy unit, intra-operative C-arm, nuclear medicine, linear accelerator, video endoscopy, renal replacement therapy, and ventilator support. A newly acquired Philips MR 7700 3.0 Tesla MRI is currently being installed, offering state-of-the-art imaging facilities. In addition, diagnostic support for the VMC is provided by the state-of-the-art Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, that perform over a million diagnostic tests per year on ~180k cases and provides a rich resource for collaborative research opportunities. Furthermore, an NIH-funded Center for Excellence in Imaging & Image-Guided Therapies, and the Clinical Innovations Program, are two new developments that provide further support for our clinical faculty.

The neurology service is an active program with a varied caseload and experienced faculty. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include management of referral and internal neurology cases, clinical instruction of house-officers and students, participation in didactic pre-clinical teaching, and committee assignments. Assignments of clinical service, teaching, and scholarly activity are negotiable with the Department Chairperson. Annual merit evaluations, and promotions are based on the faculty member’s performance within these assignments.

The role of the successful applicant will encompass clinical service, education, and research/scholarly activity. The amount of time dedicated to each of these endeavors is flexible and will be geared towards the interests, strengths, and qualifications of the applicant. Tenure system appointments require a greater percentage of time dedicated to both independent and collaborative, externally funded research, with less time devoted to clinical service. More information about the Tenure System is available at Tenure System Hiring Information ( Health Programs (HP) appointments are unique to Michigan State University and are predicated on the need to enhance programs in clinical education, patient care services and clinical research. Health Programs (HP) appointments emphasize clinical service and teaching, although these positions are flexible to allow ample time for research and scholarly activity. Both tenure system and HP appointments are expected to contribute to preclinical and clinical education of veterinary students, interns, and residents. Health Programs (HP) appointments are unique to Michigan State University Colleges of Human, Osteopathic, Veterinary Medicine, and Nursing and were created to enhance programs in clinical education, patient care services, and clinical research. HP faculty appointed in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences typically have 50-70% clinical assignments devoted to clinical and pre-clinical instruction, patient care services, and the general administrative efforts of the Department and College. In addition, HP faculty are expected to be active in research and other scholarly endeavors. A complete description of the Michigan State University HP system is available at Health Programs Faculty Appointment System Handbook (

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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/VMD (or equivalent degree)

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a DVM/VMD (or equivalent degree). Eligibility for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Michigan (Clinical Academic Limited licensure and Controlled Substance licensure are available). Diplomate status (DACVIM Neurology or ECVN) is preferred, but candidates with certifying examination eligibility will also be considered. 

Desired Qualifications

Diplomate certification (DACVIM Neurology or ECVN) is preferred over those who are board-eligible.

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 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.

Special Instructions

Interested individuals desiring more information are encouraged to contact Dr. Karen Perry, Search Committee Chair, by e-mail [email protected].

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Summary of Health Risks

Works with animals and unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

We believe veterinarians make the world a better place. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SCS) is committed to educating the next generation of veterinary professionals, conducting research that improves the lives of animals and humans, and bringing our skills and knowledge together to provide the best clinical services available.

The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences offers graduate programs through the Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology program, a residency program, a DVM degree, a veterinary technician program, and specialty continuing education for practicing veterinarians.

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: Nov 13, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications Close: Nov 13, 2025 Eastern Standard Time


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