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Faculty Position in Primary Care Clinical Skills
Tufts University

Date Posted Dec. 21, 2022
Title Faculty Position in Primary Care Clinical Skills
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Surgery/Surgical Sciences
    Small/Lab Animal Medicine
    Clinical/Medical Sciences
    Veterinary Medicine - General

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is looking for an assistant or associate professor of Primary Care Clinical Skills education with an emphasis on small animal primary care surgical skills education. We are looking for a faculty member with strong surgical skills who can instruct third and fourth year students performing primary care surgeries in the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic and lead the integration of our expanding clinical skills simulation program into our clinical training.  The opportunity to engage in other aspects of the curriculum is available.

The successful applicant will work collaboratively with other faculty, including those in the community and shelter medicine programs and the veterinary medical education group, to develop and deliver content in primary care surgical and procedural clinical skills. We recently completed a new simulation laboratory for small animal clinical skills teaching and created a new space for large animal clinical skills teaching. Integration of clinical skills teaching with foundation courses in anatomy and diagnostic imaging is encouraged. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to evidence-based teaching and to humane and ethical teaching strategies. The opportunity to engage in research related to veterinary medical education for individuals with appropriate qualifications and interests will be provided.

The position will be a joint hire between the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and the Department of Clinical Sciences, with the primary department determined in consultation with the successful candidate. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine operates six hospitals and clinics, including specialty services, primary care clinics, wildlife, and a large animal field service. Total caseload is over 90,000 cases per year.

A DVM or equivalent degree, with eligibility for licensure in Massachusetts is required.  A least 5 years of small animal surgical experience in private practice, non-governmental organizations, and/or in an academic environment is required. Strong basic surgical skills are required. Experience in developing and delivering primary care surgical and clinical skills programs, including use of clinical simulators, and experience in veterinary medical education is expected. Emphasis is placed on the ability to coach students successfully through common primary care surgical procedures including but not limited to spay/neuter, and the ability to instruct students in managing intraoperative and post-operative difficulties.  Experience in a high volume spay/neuter setting, basic knowledge of ultrasound, and experience with dentistry, or the willingness to learn, is valued. Additional experience with large animal species is considered an asset. The position is available at the rank of assistant or associate professor, with the rank and track to be determined based on the interests and qualifications of the candidate.

Review of applications will begin May 31, 2022, and the search will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing their qualifications, teaching interests and experience, clinical interests and experience, and their research and scholarly interests.  Please address your strengths/experiences in diversity and inclusion as it relates to teaching, research, and/or service in your cover letter. The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references should be provided.    Applicants should submit materials through the Interfolio link here ( For questions about the application process please contact Dr. Leslie Sharkey ( Start date is negotiable, but a date prior to September 2022 is preferred.


Cummings School is situated in Grafton, MA on a 600-acre pastoral campus, forty-five minutes west of Boston and next door to Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts.  There is a regional rail service stop adjacent to campus and easy access to cultural and sporting events. The campus is a short drive from beautiful beaches, mountains, and other unique features of New England. The area is a hub of biotechnology and higher education. The K-12 education system is excellent. Housing is readily available close to campus or in any number of surrounding towns.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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